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Top Ten Threat Listing For April

Sunbelt Software : 05 May, 2010  (Technical Article)
Sunbelt Software registers a continued rise in rogue antivirus software as a major threat during the month of April
Sunbelt Software has announced the top 10 most prevalent malware threats for the month of April 2010. The report, compiled from monthly scans performed by Sunbelt Software's award-winning anti-malware solution, Vipre Antivirus, and its antispyware tool, CounterSpy, is a service of SunbeltLabs.

The list of detections for April sees a loader for a rogue security product making it into the top 10. Nine detections from March were still on the list in April.

FraudTool.Win32.SecurityTool - a loader for rogue security product SecurityTool - supplanted Virtumonde in the last spot. Bots and Trojans were the most frequent detections.

One detection with a significant change in April was INF.Autorun (v), which saw its percentage of total detections grow by almost 40 percent, from 1.7% of overall detections in March to 2.34% in April.

Also, Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT, with 33.74 percent share of ThreatNet detections for April (up slightly from 31.07 in March) is indicative of Sunbelt's continued development of generic detections. Detecting malicious behaviour and using "sandbox" testing are two ways that Vipre stops malicious applications without individual signature updates. The two methods often stop zero-day malicious code - previously unknown malware.

Sunbelt Software Research Centre Manager Tom Kelchner said, "The top 10 ThreatNet detections in April are an interesting snapshot of the malicious code landscape we're seeing and the current response the entire antivirus industry is taking. Trojans and bots are very prevalent. We also have an indication that rogue security products continue to spread and most of our top-10 detections are VIPRE detections or generics."

"In recent months many security researchers at antivirus companies have been noticing a slow but steady increase in rogue activity. It's becoming a very significant source of income for the bad guys," he said.

The top 10 results represent the number of times a particular malware infection was detected during Vipre and CounterSpy scans that report back to ThreatNet, Sunbelt Software's community of opt-in users. These threats are classified as moderate to severe based on method of installation among other criteria established by SunbeltLabs. The majority of these threats propagate through stealth installations or social engineering.

The top 10 most prevalent malware threats for the month of April are:

1. Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT 33.74%
2. Exploit.PDF-JS.Gen (v) 3.41%
3. INF.Autorun (v) 2.34%
4. Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot.gen 1.88%
5. Trojan.Win32.Generic!SB.0 1.85%
6. Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra 1.68%
7. BehavesLike.Win32.Malware (v) 1.31%
8. Trojan.Win32.Malware 1.23%
9. Trojan.ASF.Wimad (v) 1.07%
10. FraudTool.Win32.SecurityTool (v) 1.03%
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