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Malware variants and spam rates skyrocket in October


Fueled by the Mirai botnet Symantec’s October 2016 intelligence report saw the number of unique malware variants experience a massive uptick, while at the same time the lead up to the presidential election helped power a spike in election-related spam.

Symantec reported a spike to 96.1 million unique variants of malware spotted by the research firm last month, almost double the number seen in September. Symantec credited the Kovter family of threats (Trojan.Kotver) for much of the increase along with the Mirai botnet attack that struck down Twitter, PayPal and Spotify.

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