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 Tuesday, 25th August 2009, 12:00:00

Malware infections spiral in 2008

Malware infections spiral in 2008

The number of computers infected with malware during 2008 rose dramatically compared to the year before, according to recent figures.

Data from PandaLabs revealed that the instances of programs designed to steal confidential data or monitor credit card transactions increased by 600 per cent.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for computer security company Sophos, commented: "Hackers use Trojan horses a lot more these days, because they're financially motivated."

Trojan horses account for 71 per cent of the new viruses catalogued each day, according to PandaLabs research.

To combat potential infections, Mr Cluley recommended that companies ensure they have anti-virus software running and updating at all times.

"Your anti-virus should be silently in the background, updating itself every hour," he asserted.

He noted that Trojans are often used by hackers because they are less noticeable to computer users than more destructive programs.

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