by John Roberts
The research by McAfee shows that 2011 has also had the busiest ever first half-year in malware history,
including a first-ever appearance of Mac fake AV and a significant uptick in rootkits.
“This year we’ve seen record breaking numbers of malware, especially on mobile devices, where the uptick is in direct correlation to popularity,” said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs.
“Overall attacks are becoming more stealth and more sophisticated, suggesting that we could see attacks that remain unnoticed for longer periods of time. High-profile hacktivist groups have also changed the landscape by drawing a line between attacks for personal gain and attacks meant to send a message.”