GFI Software release its VIPRE report for January 2012

Cybercriminals cast a wide net in January

Network security company GFI Software released its VIPRE report showcasing the ten prevalent threat detections encountered by its GFI VIPRE Antivirus users in January 2012. The malware attacks target a range of victims including gamers, small businesses and government organisations.

Malware writers and Internet scammers aim to attack a wider cross-section of the population when opportunities present themselves especially latching onto hot topics and highly trafficked websites. According to the report, cybercriminals attacked gamers looking for pirated releases of Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 and the fourth instalment of video game series Halo. Scammers offered fake beta invites in return for filling out surveys and recommending links on Facebook and Google+.

Social networking site Tumblr saw users were tempted with ‘free Southwest Airlines tickets’ in exchange for taking surveys and submitting personal information by a fake ‘Tumblr Staff Blog’. Cybercriminals attacked government body US-CERT by baiting victims to open a file that contained a variant of the Zues/Zbot Trojan.

“Malware writers and phishers do not discriminate. Anyone who goes on the internet is a potential target for cybercriminals looking to infect systems and scam users,” said senior threat researcher at GFI Software Chris Boyd. “Cybercrime campaigns are designed to cripple systems and steal personal information, but first they have to reach the victim. Once they know your profile of the group they want to attack, they will do anything they can to increase their chances of success and fool users into playing along.”

Top 10 Threat Detections for January

The list is compiled from collected scan data of tens of thousands of GFI VIPRE Antivirus customers showing Trojans continue to be the most pervasive threat.

Detection                                    Type                                      Per cent
Trojan.Win32.Generic                Trojan                                   35.1
Yontoo (v)                                     Adware                                2.23
FraudTool.Win32.FakeRean    Rogue Security Program   1.62
INF.Autorun (v)                            Trojan                                   1.28
Trojan.Win32.FakeAV.mqa (v) Trojan                                   1.21
Trojan.Win32.Ramnit.c (v)         Trojan                                   0.94
Exploit.PDF-JS.Gen (v)             Exploit                                   0.86
GameVance (fs)                          Adware                                 0.82
Pinball Corporation. (v)              Adware                                 0.79
Trojan.Win32.Jpgiframe (v)       Trojan                                   0.77

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