A rise in malware has caused the number of infected PCs worldwide to
increase 15 percent just from August to September, says a report
released Tuesday from antivirus vendor Panda Security.
Across the globe, the average number of PCs hit by malware now
stands around 59 percent, an all-time high for the year. Among 29
countries tracked, the U.S. ranked ninth with slightly more than 58
percent of its PCs infected. Taiwan hit first place with an infection
ratio of 69 percent, while Norway came in lowest with only 39 percent
of its PCs attacked by malware.
"This is a clear sign that hackers are becoming more and more
sophisticated," said PandaLabs Technical Director Luis Corrons.
"Cybercriminals have found news ways to spread their creations,
frequently exploiting the latest news stories to launch attacks through
social networks, videos, and e-mail. The huge amount of Trojans in
circulation is due to the spectacular increase in the number of banker
Trojans aimed at stealing user data."
The company based its results on data taken from users who scanned
their PCs with the free Panda ActiveScan online tool. The results for
September were gathered from August 28 to September 28 and compared
with the results from July 28 to August 27.