AVG Technologies Presents Global Q1-2011 Security Threat Report

Android Malware Growing Rapidly, Blackhole Attacks Peak at 800,000 in One Day and Facebook Targeting Jumps

LONDON & AMSTERDAM--()--AVG Technologies, a leading provider of internet and mobile security, today launched its “AVG Community Powered Threat Report – Q1 2011,” providing insight and background on the trends and developments in the world of online threats.

The trend in Q1-2011 is revealed to be an explosive increase in the overall number of global attacks. Within this, the most notable developments were a major increase in malicious campaigns which exploited the viral nature of Facebook users, which have increased threefold in the last 12 months.

A further area of significant concern is an explosion in Blackhole Exploit Kits, used by criminals to coordinate attacks. During one week in February 2011, Blackhole attacks jumped from a few hundred per day to an overwhelming 800,000 in a day. This activity, combined with soaring levels of Android malware, is marking an increased professionalism in the structure and operations of the organized criminals behind them.

The United States is still the dominant source of spam with English as the main language used in spam messages. However, with a Brazilian ISP as the most used internet provider and Portuguese as the second language, Brazil is a clear runner up.

With smartphones becoming more like computers, the first quarter saw a notable increase in risk for smartphone users and the Android platform in particular; AVG blocked an average of 100,000 spam and phishing text messages per day.

The open source nature of the OS as well as the open-garden approach in allowing users to install software on the mobile device opens the door for hackers to write malicious code. This is why Android users should install additional security solutions such as AVG Mobilation for Android which is helping prevent users from downloading over 10,000 infected applications a day.

“The increasing professionalism behind some of the threats clearly demonstrates the profit that can be made,” said Yuval Ben-Itzhak, Chief Technology Officer, AVG Technologies. “These campaigns are well planned and well funded; therefore, they demand not only for very effective counter technical measures but also for the need to raise awareness among the average user.

“A Latvian gang was able to bring 600 attack servers online for just a couple of weeks in a highly targeted Blackhole attack. This resulted in over 800,000 detections per day by our servers,” added Ben-Itzhak. “If this amount of investment apparently pays off for these gangs, others will probably follow soon.”

“The fact that the battlefield is extending to mobile, particularly Android, means that people need security that is fitted to the mobile environment,” said Karel Obluk, Chief Scientist, AVG Technologies. “Users need cloud-based protection to offload the process from the mobile device to stay safe while not draining resources on the device. Sophisticated technology, such as AVG Mobilation for Android, provides high-tech solutions to protect users and their valuable data on-the-go.”

About the report

The report is based on the Community Protection Network traffic and data followed by research and analysis performed by AVG over the three-month period. It provides an overview of web, mobile devices, spam risks and threats. The statistics referenced are obtained from the AVG Community Protection Network.

AVG Community Protection Network is an online neighborhood watch, helping everyone in the community to protect each other. Information about the latest threats is collected from customers who choose to participate in the product improvement program and shared with the community to make sure everyone receives the best current possible protection.

More than 120 million users using AVG’s various applications provide us with 1.5 billion potential threats to analyze daily. AVG provides strong community protection and each new user who chooses to participate increases the security level of the community as a whole.

Full Threat report: Q1-2011 AVG Threat Report

AVG: Anatomy of a major Blackhole attack

About AVG
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AVG is a global security software maker servicing consumers and small businesses in 170 countries from the ever-growing incidence of Web threats, viruses, spam, cyber-scams and hackers on the internet. AVG has nearly two decades of experience in combating cyber-crime and one of the most advanced laboratories for detecting, pre-empting and combating Web-borne threats from around the world. Its free, downloadable software allows novice users to have basic anti-virus protection and then easily upgrade to greater levels of safety and defense when they are ready. AVG has nearly 6,000 resellers, partners and distributors globally including Amazon.com, CNET, Ingram Micro, Play.com, Wal-Mart and Yahoo!

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Release Summary

AVG Q1 2011 Threat Report: Android malware growing rapidly, Blackhole attacks peak at 800,000 in one day and Facebook targeting jumps.

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Contacts

United States:
Ruder Finn for AVG
Jeff Seedman
+ 1 (415) 249-6763
seedmanj@ruderfinn.com
or
United Kingdom:
MSLGROUP for AVG
Lennard van Otterloo
+ 44 20 7878 3210
Lennard.vanotterloo@mslgroup.com
or
Investor Relations:
AVG Technologies – Investor Relations
Siobhan MacDermott
CZ Mobile: +420 725 695 132
US Mobile: +1 415 299 2945
siobhan.macdermott@avg.com