ZeroAccess Botnet Infected Over 2 Million Home Networks Globally; Generating Almost $1 Million in Ad Click Fraud Every Day
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. – October 30, 2012 – Kindsight, a provider of network-based security and analytics solutions, today released the Kindsight Security Labs Malware Report for Q3 2012. The quarterly report identifies statistics and trends for malware infections in home networks, mobile devices and computers connected through mobile adapters. Since Kindsight works directly with service providers, the Security Labs team has unique insight into malicious network traffic and new cybersecurity threats. The full report can be accessed here.
The Kindsight Security Labs Malware Report for Q3 2012 features malware statistics and trends from July through September 2012, including the top 20 home network infections and Internet threats. Highlights include:
- 13 percent of home networks in North America were infected in Q3 with 6.5 percent of home networks having high-level threats, such as bots, rootkits, and banking Trojans.
- 2.2 million home networks worldwide were infected with the ZeroAccess botnet. In North America, approximately 1 in 125 home networks were infected.
- Cybercriminals could be costing advertisers $900,000 per day in ad-click fraud with ZeroAccess.
- Mobile malware continues to grow with mobile adware accounting for 90% of the 3+% infection rate among mobile devices.
“The ZeroAccess botnet has grown significantly to become the most active botnet we’ve measured this year,” said Kevin McNamee, security architect and director, Kindsight Security Labs. “Cybercriminals are primarily using it to take over victim computers and conduct ad-click fraud. With ZeroAccess, they can mimic the human behavior of clicking online ads, resulting in millions of dollars of fraud.”
The report provides analysis on new malware developments over the past three months, including ZeroAccess, TDL4 (TDSS and Alureon), and aggressive mobile advertising. For example, the report includes a 24-hour snapshot of what ZeroAccess criminal activity looks like.
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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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