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Symantec Global internet Security threat report

in 2009, 98 percent of confidential information threats had a remote access component (figure 12). this was an increase from 83 percent in 2008. the continued increase is likely because the addition of remote access features (as well as other confidential information threats) to malicious software has become fairly simple for authors to do; thus, almost all new threats include them. the sophistication and effectiveness of malicious software creation toolkits has also likely contributed to the increase.

Percentage of exposure threats

Allows remote access

Exports user data

Exports email addresses

Keystroke logger

Exports system data

98%

83%

89%

78%

78%

86%

65%

76%

72%

61%

2008

2009

Period

Figure 12. Threats to confidential information, by type Source: Symantec

Malicious code that exports user data accounted for 89 percent of threats to confidential information in 2009, up from 78 percent in 2008. this is unsurprising since threats that attempt to steal bank account information, authentication credentials, and other confidential information could lead to monetary gain.

Confidential information threats with a keystroke logging capability made up 86 percent of threats to confidential information, up from 76 percent in 2008. Malicious code incorporating keystroke loggers that target online gaming account credentials continues to be popular. Four of the top 10 threats downloaded by modular malicious software specifically target online game account information. these are Gampass, Gammima, Onlinegame,164 and Lineage, and they continue to account for a significant number of potential infections, with three of the four (excepting Gammima) also ranking in the top 10 downloaded components in 2008.

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