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Malware going retro in 2013, security firm finds

(CSO) Malware perpetrators turned to their old tricks in the first quarter of this year, a threat report released Monday by the cybersecurity firm McAfee finds.

The report noted malicious trends that had gathered steam over the last three quarters of 2012 declined during the quarter ending in March, including:

  • Android malware samples captured during the time frame jumped 40 percent — 10 percent lower than the previous quarter.
  • Malicious URLs increased 12 percent, but nearly 40 points less than the last quarter 2012.
  • Growth in malware aimed at PCs slipped, too, to 28 percent, compared to 38 percent in the previous quarter.
  • Password stealers, ransomware, fake anti-virus software and rootkits all showed flat growth rates during the period.

“These particular trends, however, do not mean that cyberspace is becoming safer,” McAfee said…read full article

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