Malware attacks 'on the rise'

Malware-Data-SafeCases of malware attacks around the world are continuing to rise, new research has suggested.

The study by security firm Fortinet found that certain countries are being targeted, with attacks on China coming in at the top of the list.

A 45 per cent increase in malware attacks was recorded in the Asian country in April when compared with the same period in 2008, the research found.

‘April was a busy month for cyber criminals, who unleashed the most aggressive malware attacks thus far this year,” Derek Manky, project manager for cyber security and threat research at Fortinet, told

‘We believe that this upward trend will endure, and that online gaming attacks will continue to dominate the estimated $2 billion [£1.3 billion] annual market.’

Mary Landesman, senior security researcher at ScanSafe, added to the news provider: ‘With malware increasing in volume and sophistication, and no foreseeable slowdown in sight, it is more important than ever that companies have a comprehensive web security solution in place.’

[Source: BCS]

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