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Malware Detection Declining, Anti-Phishing Filters Detect Less than 50% of Attacks, Says Report

A study comparing best-of-breed computer security vendors suggests more than half of active malware and phishing threats on the Internet go undetected, with an average detection rate of 37% for malware and 42% for phishing.

“Given the dynamic nature of today’s online threats and the traditionally reactive approach taken by today’s malware and phishing detection technology, conventional signature-based solutions are inherently at a disadvantage to keep up,” said Panos Anastassiadis, CEO and Chairman of Cyveillance. “Because the majority of damage occurs during the first 24 hours of an attack, early detection of attacks is crucial.”

Other key report findings include:

  • Data tracked during second half of 2008 shows that the United States and China continue to be the top distributors of malware on the Internet.
  • 159 unique new brands were phished in the second half of 2008, which represents a slight decrease compared to the number of new brands targeted during the same time a year ago.
  • The second half of 2008 saw an increase in the number of new phishing targets in countries that had yet to be phished as well as new targets in the media and social networking industries.

Related Links:
Cyber Intelligence Report - 2H 2008 By Cyveillance, Registration Required
Majority of Malware & Phishing Attacks Undetected by Leading A/V Vendors and Web Browsers Study Press Release

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