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Vulnerabilities Play Only a Minor Role in Malware Spread, Says Researcher

Dec 09, 2008, 16:21 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gregg Keizer)

"The majority of the attacks carried out by 2008's top 100 pieces of malware were caused by users surfing to malicious sites and then accepting some kind of download, Trend Micro Inc. researchers said today.

"From Jan. 1 to Nov. 25, the top 100 attack programs infected 53% of their victims by duping them into downloading something from the Internet. An additional 12% of the infections tracked globally were caused by users opening e-mail attachments.

"Just 5% of the infections were related to an exploit of a software vulnerability, according to Trend Micro's analysis."

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