Although Microsoft has dropped its Windows Autorun feature from Vista SP2 and newer operating systems, there are many users running earlier versions of Windows who are still being exposed, making it the top runner for BitDefender’s e-threat report for May.
Accounting for a 13.24 percent share of all global malware, Trojan.AutorunInf.Gen is a generic mechanism designed to spread malware using flash drives, memory cards or external hard-disk drives. Various types of malware, including the infamous Downadup clan, use this approach to trigger further infections.
Next up is Win32.Worm.Downadup.Gen also known as Kido or Conficker which accounts for nearly six percent of the global infections. By exploiting a Windows vulnerability, this worm spreads on computers within local networks and restricts users’ access to Windows Update and security vendors’ web pages. Whilst Microsoft has remedied this problem in the most recent versions, computer users should check that they have updated their operating systems and antivirus solutions.
In fourth place with nearly three percent is Win32.Sality.OG the sole file infector in the top ten e-threats this month. This malicious device appends its encrypted code to executable files (.exe and .scr binaries). Additionally it deploys a rootkit and kills antivirus applications running on the computer, so as to hide its presence on the infected machine.
Fifth place is taken up by a newcomer Trojan.Swizzor.2 with just over two percent of the total number of global infections. This detection deals with an obfuscated downloader that usually opens the way for further malicious software.
BitDefender’s May 2010 Top 10 E-Threat list includes:
1. Trojan.AutorunINF.Gen 13,24%
2. Win32.Worm.Downadup.Gen 5,84%
3. Trojan.FakeAV.KUE 5,11%
4. Win32.Sality.OG 2,68%
5. Gen:Variant.Swizzor.2 2,12%
6. Trojan.Autorun.AET 2,02%
7. Gen:Heur.Krypt.24 2,01%
8. Worm.Autorun.VHG 1,97%
9. Gen:Variant.Rimecud.2 1,91%
10. Exploit.PDF-JS.Gen 1,76%
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