The Top Malware Threats of 2013

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 02-13-2013

The Top Malware Threats of 2013

Active Malware  Over the last three months, four pieces of malware--Simda.B, FakeAlert.D, Ransom.BE78 and Zbot.ANQ--have “spiked,” showing high levels of activity in a very short period of time.

The Top Malware Threats of 2013

The Top Malware Threats of 2013

Simda.B  Simda.B pretends to be a Flash update, but it’s actually designed to steal administrative rights for a computer. Once that’s accomplished, Simda.B “phones home” to its creators and gives them the user’s passwords. All of them.

The Top Malware Threats of 2013

The Top Malware Threats of 2013

FakeAlert.D  Your employees should never trust FakeAlert.D and any other popup that claims malware has been detected. After clicking on the FakeAlert.D popup, the user is asked to provide credit card information to pay for the fix. Guess what? No fix is required.

The Top Malware Threats of 2013

The Top Malware Threats of 2013

Ransom.BE78  Ransom.BE78 is one piece of ugly malware. Ransom.BE78 installs itself automatically and restricts the user’s access to their personal data. In order to see the data again, users must pay the malware’s operators.

The Top Malware Threats of 2013

The Top Malware Threats of 2013

Zbot.ANQ  The Zbot.ANQ Trojan is especially insidious, monitoring users as they attempt to log on to their online bank accounts. The Zbot.ANQ Trojan prompts users to install software on their mobile devices to help them log in. Once downloaded, the Trojan can intercept banking confirmation messages and transfer funds out of the victim’s accounts.

The Top Malware Threats of 2013

The Top Malware Threats of 2013

Android Adware  Android security concerns are also increasing. The Plankton ad kit was a hugely popular piece of adware on Android last year, serving unwanted ads to mobile devices and stealing a handset’s International Mobile Equipment Identity number.

The Top Malware Threats of 2013

The Top Malware Threats of 2013

Plankton Copycats  Plankton’s activity actually “plunged” in the final quarter of 2012. Sounds good, right? Think again. Plankton-inspired copycat adware have taken its place.

The Top Malware Threats of 2013

The Top Malware Threats of 2013

Android Under Attack  With Plankton-inspired adware increasingly targeting users, Fortinet suggests companies remain “especially vigilant” with devices running Android. The company has found that Android users are “highly targeted” by cybercriminals.

The Top Malware Threats of 2013

The Top Malware Threats of 2013

Protect Your Servers  Fortinet has discovered that the ZmEu Trojan, which allows cybercriminals to scan Web servers for vulnerabilities in MySQL and take control of them, has seen its activity level increase nine times over what it was in the third quarter of 2012.

The Top Malware Threats of 2013