Kindsight Security Labs Releases Q2 2012 Malware Report

Report Highlights 2.5x Increase in ZeroAccess Botnet; Infected Users Can Experience Bandwidth Usage Equal to Downloading 45 Movies

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. – July 19, 2012 – Kindsight, a provider of network-based security and analytics solutions, has released the Kindsight Security Labs Malware Report for Q2 2012. The quarterly report identifies statistics and trends for malware infections in home networks, mobile devices and computers connected through mobile adapters. Because Kindsight is embedded within service provider networks, the Security Labs team has unparalleled insight into malicious network communications traffic. The full report may be accessed here.

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The Kindsight Security Labs Malware Report for Q2 2012 features malware statistics and trends from April through June 2012, including the top 20 home network infections and Internet threats. Highlights include:

  • The ZeroAccess botnet infected computers in nearly one of every 100 homes, which connect to more than 1.2 million computers globally (10 percent in the U.S.), resulting in ad click fraud and malicious bandwidth usage.
  • Approximately 14 percent of home networks were infected with malware in Q2 with the number of high-level threats, such as bots, Trojans and backdoors, increasing 50 percent.
  • Flashback infected 10 percent of the homes with at least one Mac computer during the month of April, leading the Kindsight Security Labs top 20 lists for four weeks in a row.
  • Approximately one out of every 140 devices on mobile networks was infected, mainly Android phones and laptops connected to mobile networks.
  • Android malware samples increased by 300 percent over the past three months.

“In recent months, we’ve seen the ZeroAccess botnet update its command and control protocol and grow to infect more computers while connecting to over one million computers globally,” said Kevin McNamee, security architect and director, Kindsight Security Labs. “The concern with ZeroAccess is that it is using the subscriber’s bandwidth maliciously which will cost them money as they exceed bandwidth caps. And, once the computer is compromised, it can also spread additional malware or launch new attacks.”

The report also provides analysis on new malware development over the past three months, including Flashback, ZeroAccess, Flame, and DNS Changer. For example, Kindsight measured that 10% of computers infected with DNSChanger had still not been fixed at the end of June. In addition, the Q2 report features analysis of the top Android malware for Q2, including the “Find and Call” Trojan.

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About Kindsight

Kindsight offers security and analytics platforms that service providers embed in their networks to analyze Internet traffic for malware and other insights. Backed by the expertise of Kindsight Security Labs, the Security Analytics platform detects infections to protect the network and subscribers while the Security Services platform can increase revenues by offering network-based security services. The Intent Analytics platform scores the traffic of opted-in users to reduce churn through subscriber insights or monetize value-added services through advertising. Majority owned by Alcatel-Lucent, Kindsight is based in Mountain View, CA with offices in Ottawa, ON, Canada. Visit www.kindsight.net for more information.

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