AVG Releases Reports of Mumba Botnet
By on August 5th, 2010

AVG has claimed that the Mumba Botnet is out in the wild and has nearly 55,000 PCs setup under its network. This poses a serious security threat to those infected users accessing the Internet without a proper firewall or an antivirus. The Mumba Botnet has stolen up to 60 GB of data until now. This data includes credit card numbers, bank passwords and other sensitive data.

The order in which infected nations stand, is the USA alone with 33%, 17% in Germany and 7% in Spain. This clarifies that people in developed nations and people with technologically inclined brains make the country a hotspot for an attack as compared to developing countries.

The Mumba botnet is extremely dangerous because apart from the malware spreading capabilities, the botnet now also has Zeus under it. Zeus is another Trojan tool to steal bank login information. The malware attacked vulnerable and popular browsers like Firefox and IE.

Yuval Ben-Itzhak, the SVP at AVG said,

The unique infrastructure of the Mumba botnet means that going after the servers hosting the stolen data is now much more difficult than before.

AVG is moving towards security in a more serious way and the recent inclusion of AVG Link Scanner into browsers brings AVG a score on other antiviruses. Likewise, these reports give it more credibility in the field.

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