PandaLabs Reports Malware Figures Beat Records with More Than 20 Million New Samples Identified in Q3 2014

Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) November 26, 2014

Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, has released the latest data from the PandaLabs Quarterly Report for the third quarter of the year. The main conclusions of the study include an increase in the malware created compared to the previous quarter, with a total of 20 million new samples created worldwide, and at an average rate of 227,747 new samples every day.

The global infection rate was 37.93%, compared to 36.87% the previous quarter.

Trojans are increasing

Trojans are still the most common malware type (78.08%), increasing compared to the second quarter of the year. In second place, and a long way behind, are viruses (8.89%) and worms (3.92%).

Over recent months cyber-crime has continued growing. Cyber-crooks are still creating malware in order to infect as many computers as possible and access confidential data, says Luis Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs at Panda Security. But corporate environments have also come under attack. For example, over the last three months large companies have been the subjects of some scandals, such as the infamous Celebgate, in which photos of actresses and models hosted on Apple’s iCloud service were leaked, or the theft of Gmail and Dropbox passwords.

Trojan infections are up while PUPs are down

Furthermore, Trojans were again the most malware prolific threat during the period, accounting for 75% of infections, compared to 62.80% in the previous quarter. PUPs are still second in the ranking, representing 14.55% of the total, which is a lower rate than in the second quarter when infections that used this technique amounted to 24.77%. These are followed by adware/spyware (6.88%), worms (2.09%) and viruses (1.48%).

Infections by country

The data recorded for each country shows that China is still at the top, reaching an infection rate of 49.83%, falling for the first time in a long time from 50% of computers infected. China is followed by Peru (42.38%) and Bolivia (42.12%).

As you can see the ranking of countries with the highest infection rate is dominated by Asia and Latin America.

Europe is the region with the lowest infection rate, with nine European countries ranking in the top ten most secure countries. Norway (23.07%) and Sweden (23.44%) lead this ranking, followed by Japan (24.02%), the only non-European country among the ten most secure.

The full report is available here.

About Panda Security

Founded in 1990, Panda Security is the worlds leading provider of cloud-based security solutions, with products available in more than 14 languages and millions of users located in 195 countries around the world. Panda Security was the first IT security company to harness the power of cloud computing with its Collective Intelligence technology. This innovative security model can automatically analyze and classify thousands of new malware samples every day, guaranteeing corporate customers and home users the most effective protection against Internet threats with minimum impact on system performance. Panda Security has 80 offices throughout the globe with US headquarters in Florida and European headquarters in Spain.

Panda Security collaborates with The Stella Project, a program aimed at promoting the incorporation into the community and workplace of people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility policy.

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