McAfee AVERT Lists Most Unwanted Programs Of 2005

by CXOtoday Staff    Apr 28, 2005

McAfee, a provider of Intrusion Prevention and Risk Management solutions, recently announced the most commonly reported malicious threats and potentially unwanted programs affecting enterprises and consumers in the first quarter of 2005, identified by McAfee AVERT, the company’s Anti-virus and Vulnerability Emergency Response Team.

McAfee AVERT reports that mobile viruses, phishing, and exploited vulnerabilities are quickly becoming the predominant threats affecting consumers and enterprises alike, and noted a steady increase in Trojans and BOTs while mass mailer viruses taper off. Additionally, McAfee AVERT has translated the common trends for the quarter into an outlook on the remainder of the year.

“Although we saw a steady decline in the rate of viruses produced from 2000 to 2004, down to a 5% year over year growth, we’ve seen a 20% increase of malware-related threats between 2004 and 2005 and anticipate that these numbers will stay at the higher rate of growth for the immediate future,” stated Vincent Gullotto, vice president of McAfee AVERT. “In the first quarter of 2005, the rise in unwanted programs has greatly surpassed what was noted in the first quarter of 2004.”

The top ten malicious threats in Q1 identified by AVERT include ByteVerify, HelpZonePass, MhtRedir, JS/Noclose, StartPage, VBS/Psyme, W32/Mytob, W32/Sdbot (family including sdbot, gaobot, polybot, spybot). In addition, McAfee AVERT also noted that mass-mailers, including those from the Bagle, Netsky and Mydoom families, are widely reported. According to AVERT, vulnerabilities discovered in Q1 2005 totaled more than 1,000. This is roughly 6% more than in Q1 2004.

Though software developers are becoming increasingly adept at recognizing and fixing these vulnerabilities, hackers and virus writers are focusing their efforts on reported vulnerabilities and capitalizing on machines that have not been patched or updated. AVERT estimates that approximately 50% or more of the machines on the Internet today are not properly patched to stop these exploits.

AVERT also made a list of unwanted programs, some of which included adware such as BB, DFC, Gator, Rblast, 180 SearchAssist, Searchcentrix, Downloader-KL, Downloader-UI, IPSentry.
Some of the key areas that AVERT is focusing on in 2005 include, unwanted programs like adware, Phishing and Identity Theft, and Mobile Viruses

In an effort to address the above threats and malicious programs, AVERT recommends both enterprises and consumers constantly stay updated with the latest DATs, install the latest patches, employ current spam filters and implement a multi-layered approach to detecting and blocking attacks.

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