malwarechart 2011 was record malware year, with 26 million new samples

2011 was a record year for malware creation, with 26 million new samples detected by security software firm Panda Labs.

2011 was a record year for malware creation, with 26 million new samples detected by security software firm Panda Labs.

 
To put that figure into context, Panda Labs has detected 88 million samples of malware in its entire history within the industry, making last year's contribution to security woes amount to nearly one third of existing malware. This is an average of 73,000 new strains created on a daily basis, up from 63,000 in 2010.
 
Trojans were the major form of malware in 2011, reversing a decline from 60 percent in 2009 to 56 percent in 2010. Last year trojans accounted for a whopping 73 percent of all malware, followed by viruses at nearly 15 percent, worms at just over eight percent, and adware and spyware at just under three percent.
 
malwarechart 2011 was record malware year, with 26 million new samples
 
The top countries for infection were China at 60 percent, Thailand at 56 percent, and Taiwan at 52 percent, which means that more than half of all computers in those countries are infected with malware. This reality is doubly embarassing, because these three countries are the only ones to exceed the worldwide average of 38.49 percent for infection.
 
2011 was also deemed the year of hacking and cyberwarfare, with a multitude of attacks on companies and websites, most notobly Sony. Governments were not immune either, however, and cyberwarfare became a global concern for many. Malware spread via social media was also seen as an increasing worry.
 
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