According to Panda, the number of devices exposed to codes that steal users’ identity «increased by 800 percent between the second and fourth quarters of 2008».
The company says that from a recent analysis of 67 million computers, 1.1 percent of users were exposed to active malicious code that could steal their identity. This is because, during the study process, computers that showed abnormal behavior «were infected with malware active, which corresponds to viruses residing in your memory at the time of analysis «.
Panda also mentions that this is a worrying share as 35 percent of the observed equipment was prepared with updated antivirus.
Transporting the results to a worldwide scale, the company says that the number of users subject to this type of crime has already reached 10 million Internet users.
That said, Panda underlines that this may be a trend that is here to stay, and may continue throughout this year and the next. The risks are expected to increase at a monthly scale of 336 percent, he adds.
At the top of the attacks are the banking Trojans, a group from which the codes Cimaz, Bankolimb, Torpig, Banker or Sinowal stand out.
Those intended to steal data for gaming platforms will also remain on the agenda, especially the well-known Lineage, Legmir, Wow and MSNPasword.