Infection Data Shows Rise in Mobile Malware Development

By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2016-03-29

There are a number of truisms when it comes to IT security statistics, one of them being that, quarter after quarter, the volume of malware continues to grow. New data from Intel Security's March 2016 McAfee Labs Threats Report 2016 bears that out, once again showing an increase in the total volume of malware, which now stands at approximately 500 million samples. While that total grows steadily, the same cannot be said for the volume of new malware samples, which doesn't always follow an upward trajectory. For the first three quarters of 2015, McAfee Labs reported a downward trend in the volume of new malware samples that it detected. That trend, however, was reversed in the fourth quarter of 2015, with 42 million new malware samples detected—a 10 percent gain over the third quarter of 2015. A key driver of the new malware growth came by way of a burst in new mobile malware, which grew by 72 percent on a quarterly basis in the fourth quarter of 2015. In this slide show, eWEEK examines key takeaways from the March 2016 McAfee Labs Threats Report.


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