Staggering numbers of new samples appearing daily.
If it feels like threats are snowballing out there, it’s not your gut deceiving you: malware creation has broken all records during the first quarter of the year, with a figure of more than 15 million new samples appearing for the period, and more than 160,000 new samples appearing every day.
Panda Security’s PandaLabs quarterly report for Q1 2014 has concluded that trojans are still the most abundant type of new malware, accounting for 71.85% of new samples created during Q1. Trojans are followed by worms, at 12.25%, and viruses, at 10.45%.
So far in 2014, trojans are still the malware most commonly used by cybercriminals to infect users. According to data from PandaLabs, four out of five infections around the world were caused by trojans, which translates to 79.90% of the total. Viruses are in second place, accounting for 6.71% of infections, followed by worms, with a ratio of 6.06%.
Unsurprisingly, in the area of mobile devices, there have been increasing attacks on Android environments. The firm noted that many of these involve subscribing users to premium-rate SMS services without the victims’ knowledge, both through Google Play as well as ads on Facebook, using WhatsApp as bait.