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Q3 Sees 21 Million New Malware Samples

20/11/2015 by

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July to September saw 21 million new threats emerge globally, bucking the usual trend in summer of a slowdown in activity, according to Panda Security.

The Spanish-headquartered firm’s PandaLabs report for Q3 2015 claimed a whopping 230,000 new malware samples were seen every day on average during the period.

Trojans were by far the most common, accounting for 69% of all malware. Traditional viruses were the next most common, accounting for 11%, followed by worms (6%), and adware/spyware (5%).

In the third quarter trojans were even more prolific, accounting for nearly 78% of all malware.

Once again, Europe was the safest region globally, with nine countries on the top 10 list of lowest infection rates. Norway (20%), Sweden (21%) and Japan (23%) comprised the top three with Switzerland (23%) and the UK (24%) rounding out the top five.

The worldwide infection rate was 32%, with China (45%) once again topping the list, followed by Turkey (43%), Peru (41%), Russia (38%) and Taiwan (38%).

As a result, Asia and Latin America were pegged as the worst when it came to infection rates during the period.

Panda Security highlighted the Ashley Madison and Hacking Team attacks as two of the biggest stories of the quarter, and there was a mention for Adobe Flash, which is fast becoming a major security vulnerability for firms in its own right.

This article has been extracted from http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com, please click on this link to read the article in full http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/q3-sees-21-million-new-malware/​

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