Kindsight Security Labs Releases Q4 2012 Malware Report
11 Percent of Home Networks Were Infected With Malware in Q4 2012;
Mobile Network Infections Increased by 67% From Q3 2012
OTTAWA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/12/13 -- Kindsight, a network-based
security company, today released the Kindsight Security Labs Malware
Report for Q4 2012. The report reveals the latest research from
Kindsight on security threats to home and mobile networks, including
a small decline in home network infections and an increase in mobile
network infections. The full report can be accessed at
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The Kindsight Security Labs Malware Report for Q4 2012 features
malware data and trends from October through December 2012, including
the top 20 home networks infections and Internet threats. Highlights
-- The rate of home network infections decreased from 13 to 11 percent in
Q4; 6 percent exhibited high-level threats, such as bots, rootkits and
-- The ZeroAccess botnet continued to be the most common malware threat,
infecting 0.8 percent of broadband users.
-- In mobile networks, 0.5 percent of devices exhibited high threat level
malware, which increased by 67 percent from 0.3 in Q3.
-- The number of Android malware samples was 5.5 times larger in Q4 than
-- The emergence of mobile spyware that can track calls, text messages
and location is on the rise.
This report also marks the first time that Kindsight has released
annual metrics from its security research. Findings from 2012
-- 13 percent of home networks in North America were infected with
malware in 2012 with 7 percent of broadband customers, infected with
-- Botnets were responsible for four of the top five high-level threats
on home networks in 2012, including ZeroAccess, TDSS, Alureon and
-- Almost 50 percent of infected home networks had a botnet issue in
"It's clear after publishing these metrics for a year that malware
continues to be a problem for home and mobile networks," said Kevin
cNamee, security architect and director, Kindsight Security Labs.
"When we look back at the full year, 13 percent of home networks were
infected with malware. Botnets were responsible for almost half of
those infections and ZeroAccess is still the leading botnet. Mobile
malware is also an emerging threat that is clearly growing as high
threat level malware on mobile networks increased by 67 percent from
Q3 to Q4."
The report also provides analysis on malware developments over the
past three months, including ZeroAccess, TDSS, Alureon, AgentTK, the
Zeus banking Trojan, and others. In addition, the report includes new
information on the rise of mobile spyware as a BYOD threat.
The Kindsight Security Lab quarterly report identifies statistics and
trends for malware infections in home networks, mobile devices and
computers connected through mobile adapters. Due to the unique
position of Kindsight products within service provider networks, the
Security Labs team has compelling data regarding malicious network
traffic and new cybersecurity threats.
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Kindsight, a majority-owned subsidiary of
Alcatel-Lucent, offers network-based security products that are
deployed by Internet service providers and mobile network operators
to detect threats, send alerts, block infected devices and protect
subscribers. Backed by the expertise of Kindsight Security Labs, the
Kindsight Security Analytics solution analyzes Internet traffic for
malware and pinpoints infected devices to identify risks and take
action. To generate revenue and increase brand loyalty, the
white-labeled Kindsight Security Services enable operators to launch
differentiated, value-added services that combine network-based and
device-based security for complete protection. Visit
www.kindsight.net for more information.
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