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Malware Creation Hits New Milestone
Regular readers of this blog will be well aware of the seriousness of malware, but it seems that the problem is only getting worse.
According to a new third-quarter report from PandaLabs, malware creation has hit a new record high, with close to 10 million new strains identified so far in 2013. The study also reveals that malware growth in the first nine months of this year has already met the total figure for 2012 and will have no doubt exceeded it as we approach December.
With more and more home and business users online, the number of malware authors continues to increase as it becomes easier for cyber criminals to prey on unsuspecting web users.
The money involved in cybercrime is one of the biggest reasons for the growth, believes PandaLabs’ technical director, Luis Corrons.
“They have always grown really fast; [however,] figures are higher now as the incentives for cyber-criminals are higher too,” Corrons told eWeek. “There are many ways to make more money with cybercrime: more users online and more online shopping.”
While malware growth continues at a rapid pace, it is not necessarily entirely new forms that are being created, but variants of existing forms, Corrons said.
Trojans the biggest threat
Of the new threats identified in the study, Trojans were revealed as the biggest threat, accounting for 76% of new strains. Worms were a distant second (13%), with viruses (9%) and adware/spyware (0.57%) rounding off the top four.
Trojans are also the biggest problem for users, with 78% of all computer infections during Q3 found to be caused by that strain of malware. Once again, viruses (6.63%), adware/spyware (6.05%), and worms (5%) were a long way behind.
Europe least affected
PandaLabs also looked at the countries most affected by malware during Q3 and found that the problem is most severe in China, where 60% of all computers are infected. Turkey (46%) and Peru – recently hit by an AutoCAD malware attack – (42%) rounded off the top three.
At the other end of the scale, there was fairly good news for the UK, which was second only to the Netherlands (19%), in terms of lowest infection rates, with 20% of computers infected. However, as malware is a global problem and just because successful malware attacks are less common, does not mean you go about computing without cloud web security in place.The UK ranks low on the list due to our collective awareness on computer security. Help Britain, and yourself, to keep malware out by installing cloud web security today.