Glendale, California – (The Hosting News) – February 22, 2006 – Internet security and virus alert company, PandaLabs, is reporting a 240% increase in the number of new malware specimens detected in 2005. In all, over 46,000 new threats, including viruses, worms,
Trojans, bots and other types of malware, were detected in 2005, compared to
13,000 threats detected in 2004.
Of the total figure, the number of bots represented 10,000 new detections
in 2005. The number of new viruses, on the other hand, decreased
dramatically, whereas the percentages of worms and Trojans detected were still
Luis Corrons, Director of PandaLabs commented on the findings, ”2005 stands out for two reasons – the huge increase in the number of malware specimens and the lack of visible epidemics. The combination of these two factors leads us to think that the cybercrime world intends to use this situation as a smoke screen to keep us busy while they carry out lucrative activities, like designing custom designed malware or industrial espionage. Situations like that of November 2005, when 5 worms from the Sober family were released in a few hours with over 350 slight variations, clearly demonstrate this.”
Many of the detections were samples sent by computers with Panda Software’s TruPrevent Technologies installed. These technologies proactively detect unknown malware by analyzing their behavior – even before it has been identified. PandaLabs currently detects around 300 new malware variants a day using these and integrated technologies. Therefore, by the end of this year, the number of new variants detected could exceed 100,000, which is more than the computer threats detected in the previous 20 years.
Mr. Corrons added, ”TruPrevent has been essential in this aspect and considering the new malware panorama. Its ‘intelligent’ approach becomes more important every day. They allow us to rapidly receive samples of new malware specimens from around the world, and this has improved our response time and effectiveness against this avalanche of new malware. Most importantly, they allow us to act against silent activities carried out by threats designed to target a specific computer or company, while traditional technologies are useless in these situations.”
A copy of the
PandaLabs Annual Report 2005 is available at: www.pandasoftware.com/pandalabsreport.