Q1 a Landslide for Malware

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 @ 11:06 AM gHale

There were over 15 million new samples of malware created during the first quarter, which meant more than 160,000 new samples appeared every day, according to Panda Security.

Trojans are still the most abundant type of new malware, accounting for 71.85 percent of new samples created during Q1. Similarly, infections by Trojans were once again the most common type of infection over this period, representing 79.90 percent of all cases, according to the PandaLabs quarterly report for Q1 2014.

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In the area of mobile devices, there have been increasing attacks on Android environments. Many of these involve subscribing users to premium-rate SMS services without their knowledge, through Google Play as well as ads on Facebook, using WhatsApp as bait.

Along these lines, social networks are still a favorite stalking ground for cyber-criminals, The Syrian Electronic Army group, in one case, compromised accounts on Twitter and Facebook, and tried to gain control of the facebook.com domain in an attack foiled in time by MarkMonitor.

During the first three months of the year there have been some big data thefts. Cryptolocker, the malicious file-encrypting ransomware which demands a ransom to unblock files, has continues to claim victims.

“Over these months, levels of cyber-crime have continued to rise. In fact, we have witnessed some of the biggest data thefts since the creation of the Internet, with millions of users affected,” said Luis Corrons of Panda Security.

So far in 2014, Trojans are still the malware that see the most use by cyber-criminals to infect users. According to data from PandaLabs, four out of five infections around the world were by Trojans, that’s 79.90 percent of the total. Viruses are in second place, accounting for 6.71 percent of infections, followed by worms, with a ratio of 6.06 percent.

Trojans also top the ranking of newly created malware, accounting for 71.85 percent of the total, followed by worms, at 12.25 percent, and viruses at 10.45 percent.

The global infection rate during the first three months of 2014 was 32.77 percent. China is once again the country with most infections, with a rate of 52.36 percent, followed by Turkey (43.59 percent) and Peru (42.14 percent). Although Spain is not in the top ten of this ranking, it is still above the global average with 33.57 percent.

European countries ranked high among the least infected countries, with the best figures coming from Sweden (21.03 percent), Norway (21.14 percent), Germany (24.18 percent) and Japan, which with a ratio of 24.21 percent, was the only non-European country in the top ten of this list.

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