McAfee Labs today released McAfee Threats Report: First Quarter 2012, revealing that cyber threats to personal computers and smartphones have reached a four-year high. Mobile malware has increased significantly, driven by a more than 1,200 per cent increase quarter-on-quarter in Android threats that have been collected and identified. Similarly, the number of malware samples collected by McAfee Labs has increased from more than 75 million at the end of Q4 2011 to 83 million by the end of Q1 2012.
Key findings from the report include the following:
- 8,000 total mobile malware samples were collected by the end of Q1 2012
- Nearly 7,000 Android threats have been collected and identified through the end of Q1
- Q1 2012 exhibited the largest number of PC malware detected per quarter in the last four years
- 83 million pieces of malware samples were collected by the end of Q1, up from 75 million samples at the end of Q4 2011
- Global spam levels dropped to slightly more than 1 trillion monthly spam messages by the end of March
May 23, 2012
Consumer Alert: McAfee Finds Personal Computers and Smartphones Threats at Four-Year High
8 million new malicious software samples have been detected since January 2012 due to unrelenting spammers and hackers
Since the start of the new year, PC malware (malicious software) has already reached the highest level in four years, according to the McAfee Threats Report: First Quarter 2012. The report exposes a disturbing increase in malicious malware across all PC, Mac and mobile devices. Most importantly, McAfee detected a significant increase in malware targeting Android platform devices. Mac attacks are also on the rise, indicating that total malware could reach the 100 million mark within the year – a record number.
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