Twenty percent of all malware ever known first appeared in 2013; some 30 million new strains were created, that’s around 82,000 a day. According to PandaLabs’ Annual Report 2013, the amount of malware created last year has broken all records.
Although Trojans were the largest category, we witnessed many different types of attacks, including a resurgence of ransomware, with Cryptolocker a prime example.
Also during 2013, the percentage of infected computers reached 31.53%, similar to the previous year.
New malware created in 2013 and types of infection
Infections by type of malware in 2013
Cyber-espionage in the world
Cyber-espionage between governments worldwide featured greatly in the news throughout 2013. Until then, China had always been the leading player in these stories, but the revelations made by the former NSA employee, Edward Snowden, have brought the NSA and the U.S. government into the spotlight.
Attacks on social networks also received a lot of attention. Indeed, in 2013 there were many cases of corporate accounts being hijacked, not to mention those of celebrities and politicians.
Countries with the highest infection rates
Countries with the highest infection rates in 2013 were:
Countries with least infections
The ten countries with lowest infection rates were, barring Japan, all European:
Pandalabs Annual Report 2013 Infographic
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