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Latest detection statistics from ESET

Bournemouth, UK (4th July 2007) – ESET announced today that for a third consecutive month, Trojan Ani.Gen with nearly 4% of detections, remains the number one threat during June, as observed by ESET’s ThreatSense.Net statistical reporting. But the rise of other threats such as Rjump.A into third place and INF/Autorun into fifth, both of which exploit the wide use of portable storage media, shows that this is increasingly a focus of attack for malware writers.

“Despite the fact that web based threats still make up the majority of the top ten threats detected during June, the growing popularity of portable storage devices has not gone unnoticed by malware writers,” comments Paul Brook, Managing Director of ESET UK. “USB might have helped the device and gadget markets explode, but in doing so it has also provided easy pickings for malware writers to attack using multiple vectors.”

Up from fifth place in May to third in June, Win32/Rjump.A accounted for 2.26% of all threats detected last month. Rjump is a backdoor trojan that is able to propagate as a worm making copies of itself in external devices, like pen drives, memories of digital cameras, etc.

INF/Autorun went straight in at fifth place. This label is used to describe a variety of malware that use the file autorun.inf. The file autorun.inf contains information on programs to run automatically when media is inserted into a computer. Viruses that install or modify autorun.inf files are detected as INF/Autorun by ESET NOD32. Malware that spreads on USB sticks is frequently detected as INF/Autorun.

Top 10 Threats for June 2007

1 Win32/TrojanDownloader.Ani.Gen – 3.95%
2 Win32/BHO.G– 2.41%
3 Win32/Rjump.A – 2.26%
4 Win32/Spy.VBStat.J – 1.99%
5 INF/Autorun – 1.83%
6 Win32/Pacex.Gen – 1.56%
7 Win32/Adware.Virtumonde – 1.47%
8 Win32/Netsky.Q – 1.22%
9 Win32/PSW.QQRob – 1.00%
10 Win32/Rootkit.Vanti.EE – 0.88%

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About ThreatSense.Net
ThreatSense.Net reports detection statistics from millions of client computers around the world and is believed to be the most comprehensive malware reporting system available. From an original idea, realised in VIRUS RADAR http://www.virusradar.com, ThreatSense.Net, includes data about all types of threats seen attacking user systems, not just those transmitted via email.

The (anonymous) statistical information is collected from NOD32 users who enable the reporting service in the product, and it gives a comprehensive view of the behaviour and spread of malware in the real world. Currently data is collected from more than 10 million systems, and has tracked more than 10,000 different threats and malware families.

About ESET
Founded in 1992, ESET is a global provider of security software for enterprises and consumers. ESET's award-winning, anti-threat software system, NOD32, provides real-time protection from known and unknown viruses, spyware and other malware. NOD32 offers the smallest, fastest and most advanced protection available, with more Virus Bulletin 100% Awards than any other antivirus product (www.virusbulletin.com). ESET has been named in Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 four years running, and has an extensive partner network, including corporations such as Canon, Dell and Microsoft.
ESET is headquartered in Bratislava, SK; and is represented worldwide in more than 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.eset.co.uk or call 0845 838 0832.

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