Kaspersky Lab has published its malware report for the second quarter of 2011 and it has found that seven of the current top ten vulnerabilities are in Adobe Flash Player and the other three in Java. This means that for the first time Microsoft products have disappeared from this list. Kaspersky put this down to "improvements in the automatic Windows update mechanism and the growing proportion of users who have Windows 7 installed on their PCs.”
According to the report, navigating the web remains the riskiest activity on the Internet, with malicious URLs that serve exploit kits, bots, ransomware Trojans, etc. being the most frequently detected objects online.
In terms of geography, every second computer in India was at risk of local infection at least once in the past three months.
"Over the last few years, India has been growing steadily more attractive to cybercriminals as the number of computers in the country increases steadily. Other factors that attract the cybercriminals include a low overall level of computer literacy and the prevalence of pirated software that is never updated,” explains Yury Namestnikov, Senior Virus Analyst at Kaspersky Lab. "Botnet controllers see India as a place with millions of unprotected and un-patched computers which can remain active on zombie networks for extended periods of time.”
Whereas the five safest countries in terms of the level of local infections are: Japan, Germany, Denmark, Luxembourg and Switzerland.
The report also warns users about fake antivirus programs. During the second quarter of 2011, the number of fake antivirus programs detected globally by Kaspersky Lab began to increase: the number of users whose computers blocked attempts to install counterfeit software increased 300 per cent in just three months.