Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Endpoint

10 Million PCs Infected With Malware In 2008, Study Says

PandaLabs report says more than one-third of the infected machines were running up-to-date antivirus software

More than 10 million users worldwide were infected with active identity-theft-based malware last year, according to new research from PandaLabs.

The research, which was published yesterday in a blog from PandaLabs, is based on an analysis of 67 million computers in 2008, according to the security software vendor. The researchers found that 1.1 percent of the worldwide population of Internet users has been actively exposed to identity theft malware.

"We predict that the infection rate will increase by an additional 336 percent per month throughout 2009, based on the trend of the previous 14 months," PandaLabs says. The number of PCs infected with identify theft malware increased by 800 percent between the first half of 2008 and the second half, the report says.

Thirty-five percent of the infected PCs had up-to-date antivirus software installed, PandaLabs says.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, the average time victims spend resolving identity theft issues is 30 hours per incident. Using that figure, PandaLabs estimates that the cumulative cost from identity-theft-related malware could reach 90 million hours.

Have a comment on this story? Please click "Discuss" below. If you'd like to contact Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message Tim Wilson is Editor in Chief and co-founder of Dark Reading.com, UBM Tech's online community for information security professionals. He is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson has been recognized as one ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 10/27/2020
Chinese Attackers' Favorite Flaws Prove Global Threats, Research Shows
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  10/27/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
Special Report: Computing's New Normal
This special report examines how IT security organizations have adapted to the "new normal" of computing and what the long-term effects will be. Read it and get a unique set of perspectives on issues ranging from new threats & vulnerabilities as a result of remote working to how enterprise security strategy will be affected long term.
Flash Poll
How IT Security Organizations are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
How IT Security Organizations are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
The COVID-19 pandemic turned the world -- and enterprise computing -- on end. Here's a look at how cybersecurity teams are retrenching their defense strategies, rebuilding their teams, and selecting new technologies to stop the oncoming rise of online attacks.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-11484
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-29
NVIDIA DGX servers, all DGX-1 with BMC firmware versions prior to 3.38.30, contains a vulnerability in the AMI BMC firmware in which an attacker with administrative privileges can obtain the hash of the BMC/IPMI user password, which may lead to information disclosure.
CVE-2020-11485
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-29
NVIDIA DGX servers, all DGX-1 with BMC firmware versions prior to 3.38.30, contains a Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in the AMI BMC firmware in which the web application does not sufficiently verify whether a well-formed, valid, consistent request was intentionally provided by the u...
CVE-2020-11486
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-29
NVIDIA DGX servers, all DGX-1 with BMC firmware versions prior to 3.38.30, contain a vulnerability in the AMI BMC firmware in which software allows an attacker to upload or transfer files that can be automatically processed within the product's environment, which may lead to remote code execution.
CVE-2020-11487
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-29
NVIDIA DGX servers, DGX-1 with BMC firmware versions prior to 3.38.30. DGX-2 with BMC firmware versions prior to 1.06.06 and all DGX A100 Servers with all BMC firmware versions, contains a vulnerability in the AMI BMC firmware in which the use of a hard-coded RSA 1024 key with weak ciphers may lead ...
CVE-2020-11488
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-29
NVIDIA DGX servers, all DGX-1 with BMC firmware versions prior to 3.38.30 and all DGX-2 with BMC firmware versions prior to 1.06.06, contains a vulnerability in the AMI BMC firmware in which software does not validate the RSA 1024 public key used to verify the firmware signature, which may lead to i...