Eighty-eight percent of the new malware detected by PandaLabs in the second quarter of 2006 was related to cyber-crime. This is one of the conclusions of the newly published PandaLabs report, which offers a global vision of malware activity over this period. The report offers a day by day analysis of the most important events related to malware and IT security.
One of the conclusions of this report is the confirmation of the new malware dynamic, based on the main objective of obtaining financial returns. The statistics leave no room for doubt: of all the new examples of malware detected by PandaLabs, over 54 percent were Trojans, compared to 47 percent in the previous quarter. This type of malicious code is highly versatile and can be used to take a series of actions on infected computers (stealing confidential data such as bank details, downloading other malicious applications, etc.).
Bots on the other hand, a type of malicious code used to build networks which are then sold or rented to the highest bidder, were in second place, representing 16 percent of the total, a four point increase on the previous quarter. New backdoor Trojans accounted for 12 percent, while dialers represented just 3.8 percent of all malware.