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Kindsight Security Labs Releases Q2 2013 Malware Report

Today Alcatel-Lucent’s Kindsight subsidiary released the Kindsight Security Labs Malware Report for Q2 2013. The report found that 10% of home networks and over 0.5% of mobile devices were infected with malware, both increases from the previous quarter. 

Q2 2013 home network infection rate

Kindsight Security Labs Releases Q4 2012 Malware Report

Today Kindsight released the Kindsight Security Labs Malware Report for Q4 2012. The report reveals the latest research from Kindsight on security threats to home and mobile networks, including a small decline in home network infections and an increase in mobile network infections. This report also marks the first time that Kindsight has released annual metrics from its security research.

Mobile malware increase 67% in Q4

Kindsight Security Labs Releases Q3 2012 Malware Report

Today, we released the Kindsight Security Labs Malware Report for Q3 2012. The quarterly report reveals statistics and security trends for malware infections in home networks and mobile devices, including ZeroAccess, TDSS/Alureon family (also known as TDL-4), ad-click fraud and mobile adware. Because Kindsight is embedded within service provider networks, the Security Labs team has unparalleled insight into malicious network communications traffic.

ZeroAccess botnet - 2.2 million infected in Q3

Kindsight Security Labs Releases Q2 2012 Malware Report

Today, we released the Kindsight Security Labs Malware Report for Q2 2012. The quarterly report reveals statistics and security trends for malware infections in home networks and mobile devices, including Flashback, ZeroAccess and DNSChanger. Because Kindsight is embedded within service provider networks, the Security Labs team has unparalleled insight into malicious network communications traffic.

Kindsight Security Labs Q22012 Report infection graphic

Mac Infection “Flashback” Jumps to Number One

For the first time ever, malware targeting the Macintosh platform is in the number one position on the Kindsight Security Labs home network infections list. Our detection statistics for the month of April show that about 10% of homes with Mac computers were infected with this malware which is an increase from the 7% reported last month.

Because of this ongoing high infection rate, we took a closer look on a daily basis at the number of home networks infected. The graph below shows the percentage of homes that have Macs that are still infected over the last 4 weeks. This detailed analysis shows that even though the infection rate is on the decline, it is still significant (3-6%).

Flashback infections

Threats in the News for April

Since the beginning of malware, Windows PCs were clearly the target of hackers. In the last few months, this has clearly changed as both mobile devices and Mac computers have been the targets of some large-scale attacks.

In April, more Mac computers continued to be infected with the Flashback malware even though there were some initial reports of a decline. And, on the mobile front, fifteen bad apps were able to sneak by Google Bouncer while Pinterest, Instagram and Angry Birds apps for Android were found to be malware in disguise.

Kindsight Security Labs Releases Q1 2012 Malware Report

Today, we released the Kindsight Security Labs Malware Report for Q1 2012. This quarterly report reveals statistics and security trends for malware infections in home networks and mobile devices. Kindsight Security Labs brings a unique perspective to the space because we detect threats in the network by looking for communications from subscribers’ infected devices to cybercriminal servers.

Kindsight Security Labs Q12012 Report infection graphic

1 in 15 households with Macs are infected with Flashback

On April 4th, Dr Web, a Russian anti-virus vendor, reported that over 550,000 Mac OSX machines were infected with the Flashback bot. The malware is spread via a Java applet that is a fake update for the Adobe Flash Player. This downloads and installs the malware, which then connects to a C&C server to await additional instructions.

A couple of days later Kaspersky reported that they used passive OS fingerprinting techniques to verify that over 98% of these infections were from computers running OSX. Kindsight Security Labs has confirmed these findings and estimates that 6.9% of North American households with a Mac computer have been infected with this malware.

Threats in the News for March

The ongoing battle against botnets was front and center in the news for March. On one side, Microsoft continued to take a leadership role in the battle, as they were part of another raid to gather evidence and deactivate servers involved in cybercrime. While on the other side, two new botnets were discovered by the security industry.

At the same time, the FCC issued its Anti-Bot Code of Conduct and several organizations formed the Industry Botnet Group to pursue the short-term goals outlined by the U.S. Commerce and Homeland Security departments.

Being sucked into a Blackhole

As I was reviewing my email recently, I was “disappointed” to learn that the IRS had declined my Income Tax Refund Appeal due to a misunderstanding of the facts. To speak with someone about it, I could contact them during their convenient office hours on Wednesday and Friday, 3 AM- 8:30 AM, by calling their 1-900 number.

In addition to getting up at an ungodly hour, they will charge $3.59/min to lookup the file to see why they are declining the appeal. Thankfully to avoid this expense and inconvenience, they attached instructions to the email on how to provide the required details and re-submit the appeal.

IRS email spam