Bitdefender, the award-winning provider of innovative antivirus solutions, announces the publication of its H1 2012 E-Threat Landscape Report, a comprehensive study of global malware, spam and phishing trends.
According to the six-month study by Bitdefender labs, exploits, adware and spyware are the fastest-growing categories of malware: while exploits grew 10.76 from 20.8 percent in the first half, and adware and spyware more than doubled.
The report offers a comprehensive view of the spam and phishing landscape between January and June 2012. Although the spam count dropped nearly 5 percent from the second half of 2011, it became more dangerous with the increase of malware-bundled attachments.
“Cyber-criminals seem to go have gone back to their origins in the first half of 2012, as their primary focus is direct financial gain,” said Bitdefender Chief Security Researcher Catalin Cosoi. “Adware and spyware bundles are more prominent than ever both on PCs and Android-powered smartphones. To cyber-crooks, they represent easy money and a possible way to dodge accusations of abuse, if charged.”
Bitdefender (bitdefender.com) is the creator of one of the world's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified internet security software. Since 2001, the company has been an industry pioneer, introducing and developing award-winning protection. Today, Bitdefender technology secures the digital experience of around 400 million home and corporate users across the globe.
Recently, the company won a range of key independent recommendations in the US, UK and across Europe, including ConsumerSearch, Stiftung Warentest and Taenk. Bitdefender antivirus technology has also finished top in leading industry tests from both AV Test and AV-Comparatives. More information about Bitdefender's antivirus products is available from the company's security solutions press room. Additionally, Bitdefender publishes the HOTforSecurity blog, a sizzling blend of steamy computer security stories and stimulating visuals that spotlights the seedy underworld of internet fraud, scams, malicious software - and gossip.