Record-breaking years can sometimes be a good thing, but not when it comes to malware.
According to PandaLabs, 2010 set a record for new online threats, with cybercriminals creating one-third of all malware in existence last year alone. The report found that throughout 2010 the average number of new threats created every day rose from 55,000 to 63,000.
With financial gain being the prime motivator behind the creation of new malware, the study also found that banking Trojans were the most prevalent type of attacks in 2010 at 56%, along with viruses (22%) and worms (10%). Despite all these findings, the one that struck me the most was that 52% of new malware created last year exists for only 24 hours. Then it’s gone. According to PandaLabs:
“as antiviruses become able to detect new malware, hackers modify them to create new ones so as to evade detection.”