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Every minute sees birth of 158 malicious programs: report

PandaLabs examines 2m malware samples in Q3, says Trojans on rise

Every minute sees birth of 158 malicious programs: report

Some 227,747 malicious programs are released each day, equating to 158 every minute, according to cyber security researcher PandaLabs.

As reported by UK tech site, the Register, PandaLabs most recent survey found over 20m samples in the fourth quarter, 75% of which were Trojans.

Some 9% of the samples examined by PandaLabs were viruses and 4% were worms. The number of Trojans rose 13%, quarter on quarter, while the number of viruses fell by 10%.

China saw the highest infection rates, followed by Peru and Bolivia.

"Corporate environments are also under attack ... in the last three months many large companies have been drawn into numerous scandals, including the so-called celebgate, where nude photos of actresses and models hosted on Apple’s iCloud service were leaked, or the theft of passwords for Gmail and Dropbox," said Luis Corrons, technical director, PandaLabs.

The large number of malware samples were not created individually. Many toolkits are available that allow cyber criminals to create zero-day signatures without writing code. Cyber security specialists have previously told ITP.net that malicious programmes such as ZeuS are dispatched along with Trojan downloaders, so they can update their signatures to avoid detection.

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