Nov 18 2008

China’s computer virus epidemic shows 12% increase

Published by at 4:42 am under Chinese Malware,Hacking for money

The newest computer virus stats from Rising Anti-Virus, taken from Jan-Nov of 2008, show a 12.16% increase over the the same time period last year. Rising intercepted over nine million new virus samples with 83.4% of the sample comprised of trojans (5,903,695 samples) and back door viruses (1,863,722 samples). The majority of these viruses were used by hackers to steal virtual property.

While the section of the article I read doesn’t mention it, my guess is that these are third quarter results. If you compare the current chart with 2007, it only shows a 9.86% increase to date. So, keep in mind I’m a linguist, 2007 probably covered the whole year while the 2008 number only covered the first three quarters from Jan-Nov.

The pie chart above gives totals for 2008 as coming from 64% trojans, 20% back door viruses, 12% other viruses and 4% worms.

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4 Responses to “China’s computer virus epidemic shows 12% increase”

  1. cbrp1r8on 18 Nov 2008 at 8:38 am

    In what context is this data? Is this Rising A/V used primarily inside China or outside? Is it detecting the number of infections found internally to China by Rising on its customer’s systems or is this reporting the number of Chinese Virus/Trojans found? Just looking for some clarifications as to whether these are internal infections on chinese businesses or not. Makes a huge difference in the stats I continue research. Thanks. Cyber

  2. Heikeon 18 Nov 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Cyber,

    Rising is a Chinese A/V company and it is my understanding that these stats are taken from China internal. When I looked up their top-10 viruses for the year:

    1、线上游戏窃取者(Trojan.PSW.Win32.GameOL)
      2、安德夫木马(Trojan.Win32.Undef)
      3、梅勒斯Rootkit(RootKit.Win32.Mnless)
      4、Flash漏洞攻击器(Hack.Exploit.Swf)
      5、奇迹木马(Trojan.PSW.SunOnline)
      6、安德夫Rootkit(RootKit.Win32.Undef)
      7、西游木马(Trojan.PSW.Win32.XYOnline)  
    8、POPHOT点击器(Trojan.Clicker.Win32.PopHot)
      9、代理蠕虫(Worm.Win32.Agent)
      10、QQ通行证木马(Trojan.PSW.Win32.QQPass)

    Just about all seemed to be Chinese origin. Search for the virus using English and you will find an explanation for each (normally by Rising, English version).

  3. Heikeon 18 Nov 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Cyber,

    Did a bit more reading and yes, the data is China internal. According to the report, the data was collected from 81 million + computers (includes company subscribers).

  4. cbrp1r8on 24 Nov 2008 at 8:57 am

    Thanks much Heike, great data find!!!