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PandaLabs Finds 5 Million Pieces of Malware Found in Q3 2011; 75% Trojans

An anti-virus software maker has claimed it has sampled 5 million pieces of malware in the third quarter of 2011.

According to a new report released by PandaLabs, the company has discovered and sampled 5 million new malware in the third quarter, giving insight into things to come in the way of a secure online environment.

The company said that Trojans have become the malware of choice for cyber criminals when it comes to stealing information, with Trojans accounting for more than 75 percent of the new malware created, as reported (opens in new tab) by V3.

The third quarter was a big one for Trojans, with Trojan Horses accounting for 76.76 percent of all the malware; an increase from 68 percent in the previous quarter. Viruses came in second, accounting for 12.08 percent of samples. Worms came in after viruses with a 6.26 percent share.

"The highlight of the third quarter is the record set in the creation of new Trojan samples. Three out of four new malware samples created by cyber-criminals are Trojans, creating further proof that their sole intent is to steal users' information," said Luis Corrons, Technical Director at PandaLabs.