November 13, 2012
Malware remains a huge problem — the number of malware samples in the McAfee Labs database topped 100 million in the third quarter of 2012 alone, and these numbers will continue to increase. The behavior and ultimate intention of a piece of malware varies widely, depending on who created the threat. The motivations for creating malware vary according to the class of attacker:
Rootkits, or stealth malware, are one of the most destructive types of malware — and continues to be a troubling threat. These kits are designed to evade detection and thus “live” on a system for prolonged periods.
McAfee Labs researchers saw these trends in the third quarter.