Top Five Malware and Spam Trends Worldwide

The McAfee Q1 2010 Worldwide Threats Report shows threats to USB drives have become the most widespread malware.

McAfee: Security vendor McAfee has released its Q1 2010 Threats Report. For the first time, a USB worm has taken the top spot on its list of malware threats. A similar piece of malware also occupied the number three place, while password-stealing Trojans accounted for the rest of the top five.

Other trends include the following:

  • Spam rates remain steady, but topics vary by region.
  • Emerging markets like Thailand, Romania, the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Colombia, Chile and Brazil have higher rates of malware infection and spam.
  • Major news events, like the Haiti and Chile earthquakes, drive poisoned Web searches.
  • The United States hosted 98 percent of new malicious URLs.

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