McAfee Avert Labs has catalogued more than 1,2-million unique samples of malware in the first half of 2009, putting this year on tracj to smash last year's record in malware creation.
The growth of malware continues to accelerate: in the first half of 2008 McAfee identified just shy of 500 000 unique pieces of malware; in the second half of 2008 McAfee
saw 1-million pieces, arriving at a total of 1,5-million unique pieces of malware for the full year 2008.
"In the first half of 2009, we have seen about three times the unique malware discovered in the same period in 2008," says Dave Marcus, director of security research and communications at McAfee. "This tremendous growth is a signal of daunting times for users, as malware infiltrates more and more of the platforms we trust."
McAfee's latest whitepaper on Financial Fraud explains how much of this malware can be used to scam and steal from users.
Key statistics from the report include:
* 30% to 40% of all password stealing Trojans focus on gaming and virtual worlds, illustrating the high profit potential of virtual goods;
* 80% of all banking e-mails are fraudulent; and
* The average loss per victim from phishing is $866.00