One-third of the world’s computers suffered malware attacks in 2018
according to Kaspersky cybersecurity company, about 30 percent of the world’s computers suffered malware attacks in 2018. In addition, the number of backdoors increased by 44 percent and ransomwares grew by 43 percent.
“These results show that malware, especially backdoors and ransomware, remain a significant danger to computer users,” the company says.
by cybercriminals for remote control. Meanwhile, ransomware is a type of attack that hijacks the computer or smartphone and asks for an encrypted X-value for the release of files, for example – WannaCry is a very successful example of ransomware.
“In 2018, ransomware (Trojan-Ransom) and backdoors detected comprised 3.5% and 3.7% of all new malicious files collected in the first ten months of the year. This represents a 43% increase for ransomware (from 2,198,130 in 2017 to 3,133,513 in 2018) and 44% on backdoors (from 2,272,341 in 2017 to 3,263,681 in 2018) over the previous period “The company said.
“In all, Kaspersky Lab’s detection technologies found 346,000 new malware per day in the first 10 months of the year. The number and range of new malicious files detected daily are a good indication of the interests of cybercriminals involved in the creation and distribution of malware. In 2011, our technologies detected 70,000 new files per day, and by 2017 that number increased fivefold to 360,000. ”
Follow below more points about cyber attacks in 2018:
- Kaspersky Lab’s web security solution detected 21,643,946 unique malicious object
- 30.01% of user computers have suffered at least one malware attack during this year.
And to stay protected, Kaspersky Lab recommends:
- Pay close attention and do not open suspicious files or attachments received from unknown sources;
- Do not download and install apps from untrusted sources;
- Do not click on incoming links from unknown sources and suspicious ads;
- Create strong (long) passwords and do not forget to change them regularly;
- Always install available updates as they may contain fixes for critical security issues;
- Ignore messages that request the deactivation of security systems for Office
- software or anti-virus software;
- The use of an efficient security solution