SOURCE: BitDefender

BitDefender

February 09, 2011 08:03 ET

BitDefender Finds Conficker Worm Fading From View in 2011 Malware Landscape

Key Changes in Prominence of Major Threats Are Found in January's Study of Top Ten e-Threats

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA--(Marketwire - February 9, 2011) -  BitDefender®, an award-winning provider of innovative internet security solutions, found that occurrences of the Conficker worm dropped significantly in January. BitDefender's Global Top Ten Threat Report shows that Win32.Worm.Downadup.Gen, known as Conficker, has dropped from first to third place.

"Conficker has been one the most high-profile threats of recent years, with many variants. The damage it can cause varies from exploiting weak passwords to blocking access to security vendor websites," said Catalin Cosoi, Head of the BitDefender Online Threats Lab. "However, it seems that a combination of migration away from the Windows XP OS and better awareness amongst users means it is no longer as widespread as it once was. Of course, people still need to remain vigilant and make sure their computers are fully protected to avoid infection."

The gap created by Conficker has been partly filled by a newcomer -- Trojan.Crack.I. This apparently harmless keygen installs a Trojan that collects various details about other applications on the compromised computer, as well as to install a backdoor service that allows remote access to the infected system.

Its emergence to second place on the Global Top Ten Threat Report is an indicator of the fact that the worldwide software landscape is affected by piracy and the subsequent threats posed by this practice.

While Conficker may not be as prevalent on the e-threat landscape, BitDefender offers a free Conficker Removal Tool.

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