Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Number of Botnet-Infected PCs Jumps Four-Fold in 90 Days

Shaun Nichols writes on vnunet.com:

The number of computers currently controlled by botnets has exploded in recent months, say researchers.

Recent figures recorded by the Shadowserver Foundation revealed that in the last 90 days, the number of computers infected by botnets has quadrupled.

The increase comes despite a slight drop in the number of botnets, leading researchers to believe that the increase has largely been to the benefit of the large, established operators in the market.

The increase has also come despite little to no increase in the volumes of new malware and viruses being discovered in the wild, leading some researchers to believe that computers are being infected through web-based attacks, most specifically, SQL injection.

More here.


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