Obfuscated code now hiding malware says Finjan

The latest quarterly malicious code report from Finjan, which analysed more than 10 million unique URLs, reports that that malware is increasingly being hosted on local servers in the US and UK, rather than in exotic locations as in the past.

On top of this, Finjan found that more than 80 per cent of the malicious code on the Web is obfuscated (i.e. deliberately masked and/or difficult to decode), making it virtually invisible to pattern-matching/signature-based anti-virus products.

As if all this wasn't enough, the IT security firm also found that malware is increasingly being hidden with legitimate Web content, meaning that punters scroll through the page, without realising that they are exposing themselves to an IT security problem.

You can download a copy of the quarterly report here...