29 May 2011 | Category: Electronics
Fake antivirus software and malware are now the most popular cybercrime tools, McAfee announced.
Spam is no longer the number one problem of the online community, with fake antivirus programs and malware flourishing. McAfee Inc., managed by Intel Corp., detected a decrease in the number of spam after Rustock botnet, responsible for spewing out a huge number of spam mail, was taken down.
However, fake antivirus programs and other malware are thriving online. Malware, known to invade computers and hunt down important information such as passwords and account numbers, has taken front row.
Symbian, an operating system for mobile phones, was the top target of most cybercriminals, with Google’s Android coming in second. McAfee stated that Google is prone to attacks because their operating system lacks centralization.
Travis Greenwood of The Greentree Group stated that some businesses underestimate the importance of online security. These companies make the mistake of using free antivirus programs and weak passwords that can be hacked with relative ease.
Despite the decrease in spam, new botnets threaten to take over, McAfee announced. Aside from using strong passwords, online security companies encourage regularly changing passwords for added protection.