Malware Rising: Trojans Dominate Rankings, Study Finds

Trojans Dominate Threat Rankings

Trojans accounted for most of the new threats, Panda said. Three out of every four new malware strains created were Trojans, accounting for more than 76 percent of all malware in circulation. Trojans are designed to avoid detection by antivirus and mainly to steal data. Most Trojans are financially driven, such as Zeus and SpyEye Trojans, which are designed to drain bank accounts. A much smaller percentage is designed for targeted attacks used in cyberespionage activities, aimed at infecting a system and remaining stealthy for extended periods of time. These Trojans are at the core of Intellectual Property theft.

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