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"McAfee Threats Report: Third Quarter 2010”-McAfee: Spam Falls, but Malware Still King

In the "McAfee Threats Report: Third Quarter 2010” (PDF), the company notes that even though spam declined, an average of 60,000 new malware threats were identified each day, which is nearly four times the 16,000 detected per day in 2007. In addition, McAfee has already identified more than 14 million unique pieces of malware, "well over a million more" than at the same time last year, according to the report.

During the quarter, McAfee notes, the security community discovered the Stuxnet worm, which many consider to be one of the most sophisticated pieces of malware in the world. But grabbing nearly as much media attention during the quarter was the infamous Zeus Trojan, which moved from just targeting PCs to going after mobile devices.

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