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SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/05/14 -- No politics here: Governmental malware, regardless of who created it, will be fought by F-Secure. That's the message reiterated in the new Threat Report 2H 2013 from F-Secure Labs. In addition, the report reveals that web-based malware attacks doubled in the second half of 2013 in comparison to the first half. And threats targeting Android accounted for 97 percent of mobile threats for the whole year.
With governments reaching to gain access to as much information as possible, F-Secure's stand on governmental trojans and mass surveillance remains strong: No tolerance. It is and always has been F-Secure's policy to detect any malware regardless of its source. Privacy is one of F-Secure's core values reflected in how its products are designed.
"Governmental surveillance is not about governments collecting the information you're sharing publicly and willingly," writes Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure Labs. "It's about collecting the information you don't think you're sharing at all... Just because it can technically be done doesn't make it right."
Sources aside, web-based attacks, which typically involve techniques that redirect the browser to malicious sites, were the most commonly reported type of attack for the period (26 percent of detections), followed by the Conficker worm (20 percent). The three most common exploits detected during the period were all Java-related. Java exploits, however, declined compared to 1H 2013. Mac malware continues a slight but steady increase, with 51 new families and variants detected in 2013.