Malicious code hits record-high in Jan

The volume of different malware has increased to over 9,000 last month, more than twice higher than in December, the company said in a statement Wednesday. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., collects data from devices FortiGate network security and information located worldwide, and produces monthly statistics from data threats.

The top of the charts were variants of Bredolab a share of over 40 per cent of all malicious activity. The program Downloader Bredolab which took the No. 1 position since November 2009, was caused by attacks Gumblar said Fortinet.

Has also been highlighted in the report, was the wave of attacks known as Operation Aurora – a major issue number following the threat of Google last month to learn from China. Fortinet said that the attacks, which was used a zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers, 10 in January attack ranked No. 4 in the top list.

The peak indicates the volume of threats last month that 2010 will probably be “another busy year of action,” said Derek manky, project manager of Fortinet for cyber security and threat research, in the statement.

“The amount of malicious code in the wild is still … whereas in nature and uses emerging attacks “zero-day on popular programs such as Microsoft Internet Explorer and Adobe PDF to create a sensitive environment for users at every point of connectivity,” he said. “As proof, the monetary gains of these threats remain [valuable] to the criminals who created them, we will continue to see new and creative attacks take shape.”