McAfee says malware is getting more sophisticated

Shawn Knight

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McAfee’s fourth quarter 2012 threats report highlights the fact that malware attacks are not only growing in frequency but sophistication. The security firm said the number of trojans built to steal passwords was up 72 percent during the last three...

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I think that is a fairly obvious report. Change a few words around and the names and it could have been released at any point in the last 15 years, and likely for the next few at least.


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Wiped a Dell Vostro 200 with a Dell XP Home SP2 re-installation CD the other day, completely deleted the partitions and formatted a new one and the PC still had a nasty malware/several infections. KJPAM.EXE or Porn.exe is all I could tell, machine kept locking me out of using anything....put my USB drive in for seconds and that got infected too, after a complete wipe!


It's so sophisticated that McAfee's software can no longer keep up.


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What surprises me more then anything is the fact that most ppl dont believe that their phones CAN get viruses! I cant tell you how many times I have assisted a customer with malware removal on their phone. Most times those same ppl wont even download a free app to help protect their cellphone. With everyone doing everything on their cellphones now, we will continue to see a lot more malware directed at moble devices.


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Lol why does it seem half the other people in the world have virus problems? I have had 2 virus problems, and those were on family PCs, not mine...


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So did McAfee himself tweet this from jail?

One of the worst possible consequences of malware becoming "more sophisticated", is that it will probably become "bloatware" as well.

Oh sure you laugh, but why the heck not? Everything else has bulked up more than quite a bit!

Here I'm picturing malware sending error messages thus, "there is insufficient space on drive "C/:" to install this program. Please send $50.00 to "", and we will get rid of any unnecessary files or folders preventing the installation of this program".....:eek: