Fortinet sees malicious code soar in January

The amount of unique malware tracked by security vendor Fortinet reached a record high in January
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The amount of unique malware tracked by security vendor Fortinet, reached an all-time high in January.

Its distinct malware volume soared to over 9,000 last month, more than twice that in December, the company said in a statement Wednesday. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Fortinet collects data from its FortiGate network security appliances and intelligence systems located globally, and compiles monthly threat statistics from the data.

Topping the charts were variants of Bredolab, accounting for more than 40 percent of all malware activity. The Bredolab downloader program, which has assumed the number-one position since November 2009, has been associated with the Gumblar attacks, said Fortinet.

For more on this story, see Fortinet: Malicious code hits record-high in Jan on ZDNet Asia.

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