The threat landscape continues to evolve as old threats decline and new ones emerge, according to McAfee’s first-quarter threat report, released June 24. McAfee, an Intel company, found a number of new trends during the quarter, including the rise of Flappy Bird mobile app clones that spread malware to unsuspecting users. According to the report, during the first quarter, a shocking 79 percent of all the Flappy Bird clones McAfee sampled were found to be malicious. Overall, McAfee found that the total volume of malware during the first quarter hit an all-time high, topping 200 million samples. While some aspects of the threat landscape are bleak, it’s not all doom and gloom. New ransomware malware samples declined in the first quarter, marking the third consecutive quarter of decline. McAfee also digs into the world of cryptocurrency botnet miners and found some surprising results. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are created through a compute-intensive process known as mining. Botnets that aim to infect users with mining applications are an increasingly common occurrence; however, McAfee found that the ROI for botnet operators is very low. Here, eWEEK looks at key takeaways from the McAfee report.

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