The numbers of new malware samples are growing at an alarming pace, according to security firm McAfee.
According to McAfee, 1.5 million new pieces of malware were identified in the second quarter of 2012. The company said that the figure built on what was already record growth in malware and was the highest it has seen in the last four years.
McAfee noted that attacks on the Mac OS were were up on the quarter, as were signed attacks. The use of rootkit attacks and fake anti-virus software was also up over the previous year's quarter.
McAfee researchers believe that rather than try to cope with the growing numbers of new samples, the security industry should consider changing its tactics to beat malware writers on another level.
"With very few exceptions, almost all areas of malware are up this quarter from last - and last quarter had record growth in some areas," the company said in the report.
"One thing is certain: To continue to take the same steps is absurd to the Sisyphean extreme."
The company found that mobile devices continue to be a popular target for malware writers. Researchers noted that attacks such as premium number diallers remained popular with attackers, though more sophisticated techniques including drive-by downloads and specialised attacks which target Twitter accounts were also spotted.
The company noted that Android was by far the most popular platform for malware.
"During the past few quarters we've seen that the Android OS is the most popular target for writers of mobile malware," researchers wrote.
"This quarter was no different; practically all new mobile malware was directed at the Android platform."
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