Over 21 Million New Types of Malware Created in Q2 2015, Report Finds

Number: IRCNE2015092632
Date: 2015/09/22
According to “tripwire”, a recent report by Panda Security revealed a record high in the creation of new malware samples, reaching more than 21 million new threats over the course of just three months.
In the second quarter of 2015, the Spanish security firm saw an average of 230,000 new types of malware each day – an increase of 43 percent compared to the same period last year.
“A large number of the new types of [malware] are mainly variants or mutations of previously known malware, and cybercriminals are multiplying the types of malware so as to avoid being detected by the antivirus laboratories,” read the report.
Panda Security noted the most common malware detected continues to be Trojans, accounting for 71 percent of all samples witnessed during Q2. The second most common types of malware created are traditional viruses, although they only accounted for 11 percent of all samples.
Additional findings from the report included the countries with the highest infection rates. China registered the highest percentage of infections (47 percent), followed by Turkey (43 percent) and Peru (42 percent).
Meanwhile, countries with the lowest rates of infection included Sweden (21 percent), Norway (22 percent) and Japan (23 percent).
“Now is the time to adopt advanced defenses that block and detect any type of intrusion, and that gather forensic information on any type of attack on workstations and servers,” the report concludes.

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