Panda: Almost One Third Of The Computers In The World Infected With Malware

Security vendor Panda Labs have released their annual report (read the .pdf file here) which details the year 2012 in terms of social networking attacks, malware, data theft and cyber warfare. And a very interesting read it is.

Amongst the various facts and figures contained within the report is this gem –

The proportion of infected computers worldwide decreased significantly from 38.49 percent in 2011 to 31.98 percent in 2012.

Now, whilst its good to see a decrease, that figure of 31.98% of all computers being infected is quite staggering isn’t it? Thats almost one third of all the computers out there!

Infection by country

Even more surprising, perhaps, is the distribution of infected computers by country. Which nation do you think has the biggest problem?

The answer: China

Which is, perhaps, a little ironic considering all the press that nation state hackers from China are getting at the moment as they are linked to a string of attacks against various entities such as

In fact the breakdown of the most infected countries shows that 54.89% of Chinese computers are infected. Elsewhere, South Korea had an infection rate of 54.15% and Taiwan 42.14%. Here in the UK we fared somewhat better with just over 20% of our computers containing malware.

Infection by type

Over the course of the year researchers detected about 27 million different types of new malware as per the chart below:

new-malware-2012

As you can see, Trojans were the preferred weapon for the bad guys in 2012 (Black Hole exploit kit for instance) accounting for 76.57% of all new malware detected in the year. Worms were responsible for 11.33% of all new infections, viruses a mere 9.67% and adware/spyware 2.18%.

The report also details other trends such as the increase in mobile threats, social networking risks and ransomware, not to mention the potential rise in cyber warfare which appears all too evident right now.

Read more: Panda Labs Annual Report 2012 Summary

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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