November 25, 2014
Panda Security presented the latest data from the PandaLabs Quarterly Report corresponding to the third quarter of the year. Among the main conclusions of this study, the increase of the creation of malware compared to the previous quarter, with a total of 20 million new copies generated in the world, and an average of 227,747 new samples a day.
Worldwide, the infection rate was 37.93%, compared to 36.87% in the previous quarter.
The generation of Trojans grows
The trojans They continue to be the most common type of malware (78.08%), in fact their creation increased compared to the second quarter of the year (58.20%). In second place, and far behind, are viruses (8.89%) and worms (3.92%).
“During these months we saw how the levels of cybercrime continue to increase. Cybercriminals continue to create malware in order to infect as many computers as possible to access their sensitive information ”, he assures Luis Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs at Panda Security. “But the corporate environment also suffered notorious attacks. For example, in the last three months we have witnessed how large companies were the protagonists of some scandals, such as the famous celebgate, where photos of actresses and models hosted on Apple’s iCloud service were leaked, or the theft of Gmail and Dropbox passwords. .
Trojan infections on the rise and PUPs on the decline
On the other hand, Trojan infections were again the most numerous in the period analyzed, starring until 75% of the cases, compared to 62.80% from the previous quarter. PUPs continue to position themselves in second place, grabbing a 14.55% of the total, although it is a lower figure than in the second quarter, where infections by this technique were 24.77%. They are followed by infections by adware / spyware (6.88%), worms (2.09%) and viruses (1.48%).
Infections by country
Regarding the data registered in the different countries, China continues in first position, reaching an infection rate of 49.83%, dropping for the first time in a long time from 50% of infected computers. They are followed by Peru (42.38%) and Bolivia (42.12%).
The top countries with the highest infection rate are led by Asia and Latin America.
By contrast, Europe is the area of the world where the infection rate is lowest, with nine countries among the ten safest in the world. Norway (23.07%) and Sweden (23.44%) lead this ranking, followed by Japan (24.02%), the only non-European country in the top ten safest.
Precisely, in this privileged group of countries with an infection rate below the global average, Venezuela is located with 32.35%, said Roxana Hernández, general manager of Panda Security for Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, who recommended given the continued rebound In cybercriminal attacks on people and companies, rely on computer security solutions that allow you to save your data and be particularly careful when opening files attached to emails received, connecting devices to our computers and sharing personal information through social media.
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