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The report also says that thumb drive malware has shown significant growth in the recent quarter with nearly 1.2 million new samples identified, while the password-stealing malware category has shown an increase of nearly 1.6 million new samples.
The research efforts have also recorded an average of 2.7 million new bad URLs per month. In June, these new URLs were related to about 300,000 bad domains, which is equivalent to 10,000 new malicious domains every day, according to McAfee. Nearly 95 percent of those URLs host malware of one form or another.
Each quarter, the McAfee Labs team of 500 multidisciplinary researchers in 30 countries follows the complete range of threats in real time, identifying application vulnerabilities, analyzing data and correlating risks. The research is then used in McAfee's product development and other initiatives.