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Twitter Koobface infections rocket skyward

We have a lift off!

One week after we reported Koobface
hitting Twitter
and microblogging system’s vain
attempts of purging the affected accounts
, our stats show that the worm continues
to spread at a high pace.

This means at least three things:

a) Some of the Twitter users don’t pay too much attention to
what they click.

b) Some of the Twitter users aren’t too concerned about
security.

c) Some of the Twitter users don’t have a reliable/updated
antimalware solution on their systems.

Percentile growth of infections in July 13-19 (compared to July 06-12)

 

Country

Percentage

France

371.21

Belgium

346.15

Canada

273.81

Portugal

251.52

Italy

244.19

Germany

210.81

United
Kingdom

198.31

Australia

138.33

United
States

113.78

South
Africa

61.54

 

About the author

Răzvan LIVINTZ

With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on www.hotforsecurity.com.

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples http://martzipan.blogspot.com), messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.