News
3/18/2014
06:05 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

PandaLabs: 2013 Broke Malware Record

70 percent of new malware strains last year were Trojans

Turns out 2013 was a record-breaker for malware, according to new data from PandaLabs: Twenty percent of all malware ever created appeared last year, with a total of 30 million new variants.

PandaLab's 2013 annual threat report shows that an average of 82,000 different malware strains appeared daily last year. Trojans were the biggest threat, accounting for 77.11 percent of all new malware. The number of malware strains grew 13.3 percent last year, versus 9.67 percent in 2012.

"This increase is mainly down to two particular virus families: Sality and Xpiro. The first virus family has been around a long time, whereas the second one is more recent and capable of infecting executable files on 32-bit and 64-bit systems," says Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs.

More than 70 percent of new malware strains were Trojans. Worms accounted for 13.3 percent of all new malware last year, followed by general viruses (8.49 percent) and spyware/adware 6.93 percent). Ransomware was on the rise last year as well, according to the report.

Around 32 percent of computers around the world are malware-infected, the report says.

"It seems that cybercriminals managed to infect more computers with Trojans in 2013 than in previous years. In 2011, Trojans accounted for 66 percent of all computer infections, whereas this percentage rose to 76 percent in 2012. This growing trend was confirmed in 2013," Corrons says.

China is home to the most infected machines, with 54 percent, followed by Turkey (42 percent) and Ecuador (40 percent). Sweden has the lowest infection rate, with 20 percent, followed by Norway and Finland, each with a little more than 21 percent of their machines infected.

More than 2 million new malware threats emerged last year for Android alone, according to Panda, and mobile threats to that platform will continue to rise this year. "Over the next 12 months we will have to pay special attention to Android threats, as they are clearly on the rise all around the world. In this context we can expect to see new waves of attacks aimed at stealing data and money," Panda said in its report.

The full report is available here (PDF).

Have a comment on this story? Please click "Add Your Comment" below. If you'd like to contact Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message.

Kelly Jackson Higgins is Executive Editor at DarkReading.com. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Flash Poll
10 Recommendations for Outsourcing Security
10 Recommendations for Outsourcing Security
Enterprises today have a wide range of third-party options to help improve their defenses, including MSSPs, auditing and penetration testing, and DDoS protection. But are there situations in which a service provider might actually increase risk?
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-9688
Published: 2015-03-05
Unspecified vulnerability in the Ninja Forms plugin before 2.8.10 for WordPress has unknown impact and remote attack vectors related to admin users.

CVE-2015-2214
Published: 2015-03-05
NetCat 5.01 and earlier allows remote attackers to obtain the installation path via the redirect_url parameter to netshop/post.php.

CVE-2015-2215
Published: 2015-03-05
Open redirect vulnerability in the Services single sign-on server helper (services_sso_server_helper) module for Drupal allows remote attackers to redirect users to arbitrary web sites and conduct phishing attacks via unspecified parameters.

CVE-2015-2216
Published: 2015-03-05
SQL injection vulnerability in ecomm-sizes.php in the Photocrati theme 4.x for WordPress allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary SQL commands via the prod_id parameter.

CVE-2015-2218
Published: 2015-03-05
Multiple cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities in the wp_ajax_save_item function in wonderpluginaudio.php in the WonderPlugin Audio Player plugin before 2.1 for WordPress allow remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the (1) item[name] or (2) item[customcss] parameter in a w...

Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
How can security professionals better engage with their peers, both in person and online? In this Dark Reading Radio show, we will talk to leaders at some of the security industry’s professional organizations about how security pros can get more involved – with their colleagues in the same industry, with their peers in other industries, and with the IT security community as a whole.