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September 2, 2014

Whopping 160,000 new malware samples detected every day in Q2

15 million new malware samples were generated during the quarter.

By CBR Staff Writer

A new report from PandaLabs noted that a staggering 15 million new malware samples were recorded during the second quarter of 2014, representing about 160,000 new samples being created every day during the period.

With Trojans again topping the list of most common type of malware, accounted for 58.20% of newly created risks, while Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) reported a substantial growth spurt (24.77%).

The report noted: "This increase in the number of PUPs is not by chance. Over recent months we have witnessed a significant increase in the creation of software bundlers, programs that install PUPs on computers along with the programs that the user actually wants to install -without asking for the user’s consent.

"Although these bundlers have been around for some time, new companies have sprung up who exploit these programs and profit from installing unwanted software without properly informing the user."

Regionally, China (51%) was hit with the highest infection rate, followed by Peru (44.34%) and Turkey (44.12%).

However, European nations were least affected by malware and nine European countries appearing in this ranking, Sweden (22.13%), Norway (22.26%) and Germany (22.88%) enlisted in nations with least infections globally.

The quarter also involved Microsoft’s decision to end support to its operating systems, Windows XP, which is still used by millions of users globally, in addition to breakthrough of a dangerous security hole called Heartbleed, which affected several key websites.

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