Researchers at Comodo Threat Research Labs claim Q3 saw over four times the amount of malware occurrences as seen in just the previous quarter (97 Million).

The report found that the top five countries for malware infections were Russia, the US, Poland, the UK, and Germany. However, detections occurred in every nation-state on earth, with the top 20 countries accounted for over 80% of detection.

According to this report, Trojans are the top malware threat, accounting for 13.7 Million infections. This is followed by viruses (5.4 million), worms (2.8 million), backdoors (553,000 million), and packed malware (284,000 million).

Viruses and worms were detected in predominately poorer nations, with a prevalence of older, unlicensed, unpatched, or pirated software. As a result, South America, Southeast Europe, Southwest Asia, and Africa had the highest proportion of these types of infections.

The report also indicates there’s been a sharp uptick in large-scale, global email-based phishing attacks, related to the Locky ransomware Trojan. They found that the phishing campaigns were launched primarily from the IP addresses of infected ‘zombie computers’ operated by telecom companies and ISPs.

To protect against this rise in sophisticated malware attacks, NNT recommends implementing our Change Tracker Gen7 solution that provides system-wide, real-time File Integrity Monitoring to detect any Trojan, backdoor, or other malware infiltrating your IT environment.


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