Scareware Accounts For 15 Percent Of All Malware

Thursday Apr 15th 2010 by Staff

A new report from Google points to a rising trend in fake anti-virus software.

ZDNet: For the past 13 months, Google has been conducting a study into fake anti-virus software, a.k.a. scareware. Their findings include the following:

  • "Fake AV currently accounts for 15% of all malware Google detects on the web."
  • "Fake AV attacks account for 60% of the malware discovered on domains that include trending keywords."
  • "Fake AV is responsible for 50% of all malware delivered via Ads."

The full report also include tips for countering the threat of scareware.

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