Although the GameOver Zeus botnet and CryptoLocker ransomware have been disrupted, it is still too early for a victory celebration.
One year ago, Android Defender, a hybrid comprising characteristics of a rogue AV and ransomware (the lockscreen type, not a file-encryptor) was discovered.
Malware peddlers are taking advantage of the fact that the existence of the Heartbleed bug has breached the confines of the cyber security world and has entered the awareness of Internet users around the world, and they are offering them a bogus "HeartBleed Virus Removal Tool." "The email warns users that while they may have done what they can by changing their passwords on the websites they use, their computer may still be 'infected' with the Heartbleed bug," shared Symantec researchers.
Malware creation has broken all records during this period, with a figure of more than 15 million new samples, and more than 160,000 new samples appearing every day, according to Panda Security.
A new threat created by the amalgamation of the publicly available code of two of the most (in)famous malware around is targeting users of over 450 financial institutions around the world, warn Trusteer researchers.