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2015-PandaLabs-Forecast

2015 Malware Predictions from PandaLabs

PandaLabs have released their predictions for IT security in 2015, based on reports and attacks in 2014.

CryptoLocker

This type of malware was in the spotlight in 2014, and these types of attacks are set to increase in 2015.

CryptoLocker operates in straightforward fashion: Once it gets into a computer, it encrypts all types of documents that could be valuable to the user (spreadsheets, documents, databases) and blackmails the victim into paying a ransom to recover the files. This type of malware is also known as ransomware.

Payment is most often demanded in bitcoins, so that it cannot be traced by the police, making this type of attack ideal for cyber-criminals – as many users choose to pay in order to recover the “hijacked” information.

Targeted attacks

A small percentage of the millions of new malware strains that appear every month are specifically created to attack previously defined targets. These attacks, known as targeted attacks, are becoming more common and will be highly significant during 2015.

Many companies are unaware that they could be the targets of such attacks and therefore do not have appropriate measures for detecting or stopping them.

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PandaLabs Q3 Results: Trojans exceed PUPs in the third quarter

The results for the third quarter show that malware continues to break records, averaging at 227 747 new samples created daily.

The last four months has seen large high profile organisations fall victim to cyber-attacks; companies such as JP Morgan Chase, Target, Home Depot and online services such as Dropbox and iCloud.

The most recent victim is Sony. The hack on the company led to upcoming films and workers’ personal data, such as social security numbers and salaries being leaked online. The malware used in the attack was undetectable by industry standard antivirus software and was damaging and unique enough to cause the FBI to release a flash alert to warn other international organisations of the critical threat.

Trojans continue to be the most common malware during Q3, accounting for 75% of infections, compared to 62.80% in the previous quarter. PUPs ranked second, representing 14.55%of infections, decreasing since Q2. Adware/spyware comprises 6.88% of infections, worms at 2.09% and viruses at 1.48% – down since the second quarter.

The global infection rate increased from 36.87% in Q2 to 37.93% in Q3. The results for each country shows that China is still at the top, reaching an infection rate of 49.83%. China is followed by Peru at 42.38% and Bolivia at 42.12%.

Europe remains the region with the lowest infection rate, with nine European countries ranking in the top ten most secure countries.

The full report is available here.

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PandaLabs Q2 2014 Results: PUPs on the increase

The Q2 2014 results from PandaLabs show that Malware is still being created at record levels, roughly 15 million new samples were generated – an average of 160 000 daily.

Trojans remain the most common type of malware, accounting for 58.20% of new malware and 62.8% of infections. This figure is significantly lower compared to the previous quarter at 71.85% and 79.9%. The difference is however not due to a decline in the number of new Trojans, but rather a substantial increase in PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). In recent months there has been a notable increase in software bundlers, which install PUPs – without the user’s consent – along with the original program. According to the report PUPs account for 24.77% of infections. In most instances these programs change browser settings, display unwanted advertising or install additional programs that the user may or may not want.

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Five known threats that can affect Mac users

Many people think that Mac computers are not susceptible to viruses, but this is a common misconception. Perhaps in the past these systems were free from viruses and malware, but lately no operating system is threat-proof.

Apple’s invulnerability to threats was largely due to the general public’s lack of interest in Mac and as a consequence hackers didn’t feel the need to develop viruses for it. Since then Apple has gained tremendous popularity and the number of Mac users has increased dramatically over that last five years. Recently we have seen more and more hackers developing viruses and malware specifically targeting Mac users.

Hackers are also aware that most Mac users feel their systems are not at risk and are therefore less aware of the danger and easier to attack.

As technology is developing and the world is moving increasingly towards online solutions, we see trends such as fake or fraudulent websites, malicious emails, fake apps or online scams, becoming increasingly popular.

Here are five of the most common threats to Mac users

 

1. The ‘Flashback’ Trojan for Mac

– Flashback is a Trojan that has infected more than 650,000 Mac systems worldwide.

– This malware spreads via streaming sites and warez, exploiting a vulnerability in Java.

– There are several risks to users. After infection, the Mac computer becomes a zombie. Bank details and personal information are also stolen and users are redirected to fraudulent websites.

– When Apple addressed the vulnerability, cyber-criminals launched several new versions of the virus, such as Sabpab.

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Mac gets Panda Antivirus Corporate Edition

–       The new corporate solution protects Mac computers and servers

–       In 2010, 308 vulnerabilities were discovered in Mac OS X, 67% of these were classified highly critical

Global IT vendor Panda Security has announced the launch of Panda Antivirus for Mac Corporate Edition. The new solution, for Mac desktops, laptops and servers, delivers complete protection against all types of malware able to affect Mac OS, Mac OS X, Windows and Linux, protecting users not just against threats designed specifically to target the Apple platform, but also preventing Mac users from transmitting malware for other operating systems.

“Many companies, universities and other organizations now operate with a diverse network topology including Mac servers and workstations operating alongside Windows systems” says Jeremy Matthews, head of Panda’s sub-Saharan operations. “In these environments it is very important not just to protect against specific threats that target Apple platforms, but also against those Windows threats that can be transmitted via Mac and infect all systems.”

Panda Antivirus for Mac protects against all types of threats in near real-time. It can also scan Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod, thereby ensuring that if any of these devices is carrying malware, they won’t infect other similar devices or the Mac computer or server.

It is also designed specifically not to impact performance, as it operates silently taking advantage of available resources or low workloads.

The antivirus scans folders, files and email, detecting and eliminating or blocking all types of threats initially designed for Windows, but which also affect Mac. These threats include Trojans, spyware, keyloggers, adware, hacking tools, botnets, dialers, scareware and other Macro viruses.

2010: A turning point for Mac security

In 2009 some 34 vulnerabilities were detected in Mac OS. This figure rose to 308 in 2010, with 67% of these vulnerabilities classified as highly critical, indicating that any attacker could take remote control of unpatched systems, among other actions.

“2010 has been an intense year for threats” says Luis Corrons, technical director of Panda. “We have collected over 20 million new examples of malware, and the figure continues to rise. Every day our laboratory receives some 63,000 new threats. Regarding Mac, we’ve seen an increase in the number of threats designed specifically for this platform, although there are many more that can affect corporate Mac users: all Office macro viruses, for example. And there are other types of threats which all Mac users are exposed to, such as phishing, or vulnerabilities in popular programs including browsers, PDF readers, etc.”

Price and availability

The solution is available from February 2011 for R208* per license for workstations, servers and the administration console (12 months with full services, for license ranges between 100 and 199 seats).

For more information go to: http://www.pandasecurity.com/enterprise/solutions/mac-corporate-edition

*Price at rate of exchange

 About Panda Security

Founded in 1990, Panda Security is the world’s leading provider of cloud-based security solutions, with products available in more than 23 languages and millions of users located in 195 countries around the World. Panda Security was the first IT security company to harness the power of cloud computing with its Collective Intelligence technology. This innovative security model can automatically analyze and classify thousands of new malware samples every day, guaranteeing corporate customers and home users the most effective protection against Internet threats with minimum impact on system performance. Panda Security has 61 offices throughout the globe with US headquarters in Florida and European headquarters in Spain. In 2006, Jeremy Matthews founded Panda’s local subsidiary in Cape Town, opening the international vendor’s first presence on the African continent.

 For more information about Panda, visit http://www.pandasecurity.com/.

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Panda Antivirus Pro 2011 wins highest accolade from AV-comparitives.org

–       With a detection ratio of 99.9%, Panda Antivirus Pro 2011 has earned the highest Advanced+ rating awarded by the prestigious laboratory

–       The test, performed in December, pitched several security solutions against 82,036 samples of PUPs, a category that includes spyware, adware and rogueware 

Global IT vendor Panda Security has been awarded the highest Advanced+ rating for their Panda Antivirus Pro 2011, winning the latest on-demand test conducted by AV-comparatives.org. This test analyzed detection ratios of PUPs (potentially unwanted programs), a category that includes spyware, adware and rogueware.

The prestigious independent security laboratory AV-compartives.org ran a series of 82,036 samples against each antivirus solution. Detecting 99.9% of the samples, Panda demonstrated just how effective it is against this type of threat.

“This latest award for Panda indicates the importance of having a cloud-based security solution”, says Jeremy Matthews, head of Panda’s sub-Saharan operations. “A solution that utilizes the cloud in order to provide almost real time protection is what’s necessary to keep up with the constant creation of malware.”

According to the 2010 PandaLabs Report, PUPs account for 11% of the more than 20 million threats that have appeared and been classified by Collective Intelligence over the last year. In fact, 40% of all fake antivirus programs in existence were created in 2010. In other words, since this new type of threat first appeared four years ago, at PandaLabs has classified a total of 5,651,786 individual examples of fake antivirus programs, of these, 2,285,629 appeared between January and November 2010.

The award-winning product, Panda Antivirus Pro 2011, forms part of the Panda Security retail lineup and shares its antimalware engine and detection capacity with the rest of the solutions. Its technology for detecting and identifying malware leverages the knowledge of millions of users that make up the community of Collective Intelligence, an automatic system for detecting, analyzing and classifying new threats in real-time. 

About Panda Security

Founded in 1990, Panda Security is the world’s leading provider of cloud-based security solutions, with products available in more than 23 languages and millions of users located in 195 countries around the World. Panda Security was the first IT security company to harness the power of cloud computing with its Collective Intelligence technology. This innovative security model can automatically analyze and classify thousands of new malware samples every day, guaranteeing corporate customers and home users the most effective protection against Internet threats with minimum impact on system performance. Panda Security has 61 offices throughout the globe with US headquarters in Florida and European headquarters in Spain. In 2006, Jeremy Matthews founded Panda’s local subsidiary in South Africa, opening the international vendor’s first presence on the African continent.

For more information, visit http://www.pandasecurity.com/

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