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Malware trends: The rise of cross-platform malware
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of October 2012
Conventional wisdom about malware targets is evolving with the emergence of cross-platform malware into the cybercriminal's arsenal. Over the last year, cross-platform malware, sometimes referred to as multi-platform, has grabbed attention in the industry. This particular type of malware can infect different versions of operating systems and machines and is becoming more popular in the world of cybercrime. Microsoft's Windows platform has been the biggest target for malware creators, but experts say rising market shares of other operating systems has made the cross-platform approach more attractive and logical. Experts say enterprise security teams must address this malware trend on all platforms they use, whether they are desktop computers or mobile devices. In April, the Flashback Trojan targeted computers running Mac and Windows by exploiting a security vulnerability in Java. Microsoft published a blog post in July about how it has become beneficial for cybercriminals to attack multiple operating systems through one Trojan. ...
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