Plan Your Defense: Top Malware Trends of 2013

Malware defense may not be at top of mind as the holidays approach. But with the new year around the corner, it's a good time for managed services providers (MSPs) to reevaluate their security systems and research any potential threats. Will you ring in the new year with any unpleasant surprises? Here's what you need to look for.

Provider of cybercrime prevention solutions Trusteer has released its list of the Top Five Most Dangerous Malware Trends for 2013. Are you ready for these new threats? Which ones require the most preparation? Trusteer suggests attacks against Google Chrome browser; the emergence of native 64-bit Windows malware; and crimeware that can detect and evade virtual machines, sandboxing, and other containment mechanisms. Here are the details.

Why are these threats dangerous to organizations? Trusteer offers the following perspective:

  • Malware targeting the Google Chrome browser will increase -- Trusteer believes that this threat is evident and is dangerous because Google Chrome is no longer immune to MitB (Man-in-the-Browser, a form of proxy trojan) malware.
  • The emergence of native 64-bit Windows malware in 2012-- As malware variants start supporting 64-bit processes, they will once again be difficult to detect on 64-bit machines.
  • Detection-aware malware targeting enterprises -- Malware would appear to be harmless to these tools.
  • New and modified financial malware families -- Financial malware families doubled from three in 2011 to five in 2012. More financial malware families mean more infections, as well as longer detection times, and consequently more financial fraud incidents.
  • Malware lifecycle to acceleration -- The four phases of the malware lifecycle will accelerate in 2013. This acceleration will make it more difficult to detect, block and remove malicious software.
Malware's growth is not a new trend for 2013 Which cyber threats are you prepared for in 2013?
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