Malware Attacks On The Rise, Says McAfee

PC malware is higher than it has ever been in the last four years, McAfee revealed in a threat report covering the first quarter of 2012.

Despite previous reports citing Android as a primary target, McAfee researchers now warn that PC and laptop users are not off the hook. Between 2011 and the end of the first quarter of 2012, McAfee Labs traced some 83 million examples of malware, most instances of which were rootkits or password stealers.

The report also found that malware targeting Apple's desktop operating system has shown consistent growth, with a slight increase in the number of samples reported by the end of March.

Though McAfee suggests desktop and laptop users should beware, mobile operating systems continue to be victims to attacks.

Some 7,000 Android malware samples were recorded in the first three months of 2012, up by more than 1,200 per cent from the 600 or so Android threats collected by the end of the fourth quarter of 2011.

Most of these come from third party markets, says McAfee, recommending that consumers should only purchase apps from official app stores.