New Google Report on Rise of Fake Anti-Virus Software

by Erin on April 28th, 2010 in Industry and Security News, Rogues.

Data released this week from Google offers insight into the prevalence and growing threat of rogue, or fake, security software.

According to Google’s new report, based on a 13-month study of fake anti-virus distribution:

  • Between January 2009 and February 2010, fake anti-virus made up 15 percent of all malware that Google detected on websites.
  • In an analysis of 240 million Web pages collected by Google’s malware detection infrastructure, more than 11,000 domains were found to be pushing fake anti-virus software on website visitors.
  • Fake anti-virus ploys are responsible for 50 percent of all malware delivered through advertisements – a five-fold increase in a single year.

Learn more in the IDG News Service coverage or take a look at the full Google report (PDF).

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