2004 Virus roundup
has released a list of the top ten malicious threats identified by its Anti-virus
and Vulnerability Emergency Response Team (AVERT) that had an impact upon enterprises
and home users worldwide in 2004.
It reports that bots and mass mailers are still the predominant threats face
by enterprises, whereas exploits and adware account for over 60 percent of the
malware impacting consumers and home users.
AVERT anticipates that adware and unwanted content, transmitted via e-mail and
the Web, will continue to increase in 2005, with programs gaining in complexity.
These threats will be combined with content such as spam and phishing.
It is anticipated that phishing attacks will continue to increase throughout
2005 due to a lack of consumer awareness. Additionally, the number of exploits
that attack discovered vulnerabilities will rise as more vulnerabilities are
discovered and disclosed.
These assessments are based on AVERT's conclusions that today's programs are
evolving rapidly, and could at some point, become the successors of mass mailers,
the dominant threat for the past six years. Computer virus attacks reaching
a medium risk assessment or higher have dramatically increased in 2004, as compared
to 2003. Much of this was due to the Netsky-Bagle war in Q1 2004.