Trojan Horses are the “Most Dangerous Online Threat” of 2017

Trojan Horses are the “Most Dangerous Online Threat” of 2017
Trojan horses are malicious programs that are disguised as useful or helpful programs to trick users into downloading them.

TETTNANG, Germany –  Avira Operations a German multinational security software company that provides antivirus software, Internet Security, has reported that Trojan horses alone account for 60 per cent of online threats, with more than 788 million detection’s during the first eight months of 2017.

Trojan horses are malicious programs that are disguised as useful or helpful programs to trick users into downloading them. Perhaps the best-known kind, due to recent media attention, is ransomware. This software encrypts user data and holds it hostage, demanding a ransom to be paid for its release.

The second most common threat comes from exploit kits, with more than 222 million cases detected by Avira Operations. These programs exploit security weaknesses — such as security flaws in software or out of date programs — to infiltrate and infect a device. They are mainly spread by infected websites or by email.

Next in line are PUA — Potentially Unwanted Applications — with 173 million detection’s. These programs are often unknowingly downloaded by users alongside legitimate apps and are dangerous to different degrees. They are often maliciously integrated into download and installation processes.

Finally, with almost 131 million detection’s, phishing scams use fake and fraudulent websites (mimicking an institution or online retailer) to trick users into handing over personal data, such as addresses and bank details. Most of the time, links to these fake sites are sent to users by email or text message.

The Avira stats cover the period from January to August 2017.

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