There were 376,639 new malware samples a day last year – and nine more facts from this year’s AV-Test cybersecurity report
The AV-TEST Institute has just published its annual Security Report with data on the world of cybersecurity. Here are 10 of the best facts from the new report:
In 2018 cybersecurity programs had to fend off an average of 4.4 malware programs per second, or 376,639 new malware samples a day.
Where does spam come from? Brazil accounted for over 14% of the world‘s total volume of spam e-mails, followed closely by the Russian Federation, where 13% of spam originates.
Most contaminated e-mails arrive on Sundays in the morning and midday.
With over half of all global infected websites (59%), the Russian search engine Yandex proved to be the most vulnerable to the spread of links to malware-infected websites.
With 29%, the US microblogging service Twitter followed. Criminals used the platform to jump on trendy topics.
Because of tight security, Google plays no role in malvertising, where criminals rent trending domains on search engines with extremely similar-sounding terms in the URL and advertise the infected websites via search engines.
More than half (51%) of all newly developed malware programs in 2018 targeted the Windows operating system.
In 2018, Trojans comprised nearly two-thirds of all malware programs developed for Windows (62.5%). They are followed by classic computer viruses (21%).
The well-known parasite Mirai made 42% of all malicious code for IoT devices in 2018.
In the first quarter of 2019 alone, there were a total of 3.2 million attacks on the open IoT devices on the Web.
AV-TEST is an independent provider of services in the field of IT security and anti-virus research. The company was founded in 2004, and is based in Magdeburg, Germany.