‫ McAfee Threats Report: Fourth Quarter 2013


Date: 2014-03-16


The McAfee Labs has studied the security threats of the fourth quarter of 2013 in a report. The following report is briefing that report.

Mobile malware

We collected 2.47 million new mobile malware samples in 2013, with 744,000 in this quarter alone. Our mobile malware “zoo” totaled 3.73 million samples at the end of the year, up an astounding 197% from the end of 2012.


The volume of new ransomware samples doubled from Q4 2012 to Q4 2013. McAfee Labs added 1 million new samples in 2013.

New rootkits dropped by 73%  this quarter, continuing a decline that began 2011.

McAfee Labs added 2.2 million new MBR attack-related samples in 2013.


Web threats

We recorded a 40% increase in the number of suspect URLs in 2013.

Network threats

Browser attacks, primarily exploiting vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Firefox, have been the leading network threat for the past six quarters.


McAfee Threats Report: Fourth Quarter 2013, By McAfee Labs


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