Czech antivirus vendor AVAST Software warns of a increasing number of AutoRun infection attempts, a trend that is likely to continue this month.
According to data gathered by the company from its user base, one in eight malware attacks, out of the 700,000 recorded during the last week of October, came from USB devices. "AutoRun is a really useful tool, but it is also a way to spread more than two-thirds of current malware
," says AVAST Virus Lab Analyst Jan Širmer."The threat of USB-distributed malware is much more widespread than just the Stuxnet attacks on enterprise computers – which were also spread via infected memory sticks
," he adds.
The prevalence of removable storage devices is a contributing factor to the problem. It's not just USB memory sticks or external hard disk drives that can carry malware, but also devices like digital cameras, mobile phones, or MP3 players.
AVAST's findings are also reflected in statistics released by other antivirus vendors. Kaspersky Lab places
Kido (Conficker) at the top of its most prevalent malware list for October.