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PandaLabs say that almost 6.5 Million New Malware Samples were formed in Q1-2013

PandaLabs recently launched its quarterly Report for Q1-2013, examining the IT security events and incidents from January through March 2013. In the first quarter 0f 2013 , the new malware exceeded six and half million, following a pattern of increasingly occurring malware landscape, with computer Trojans representing almost 3 of every 4 new malware strains in distribution, same number to those of 2012.

A new record was set by Trojans, which accounted almost eighty percent of all PC infections internationally. In spite of their incapability to replicate, Trojans are proficient enough to trigger colossal infections through hijacked web sites that exploit flaws in web-browser plugins like Adobe Reader, Java, etc. This attack technique allows cybercriminals to taint thousands of PCs in a short span of time with the same computer Trojans or different ones, as hackers have the skill to alter the computer Trojan they make use of based upon numerous factors like the OS used, victim's location, etc.

Shedding light on the intriguing findings of the report, Luis Corrons, Technical Director, PandaLabs, said that computer Trojans have turned out to be the cyber crooks stick of choice - "which makes clear why they account for most new specimens in circulation and infections triggered in the first quarter of the year," as published by itsecuritypro.co.uk on May 3, 2013.

The average count of tainted computers, internationally, stands at 31.13%. And, talking about the geographical distribution of malicious software with respect to region, the security firm claims that Europe bags that title unprecedentedly. Finland (17%) is the country with least number of infected computers. Following it is Sweden (20%), Switzerland (20.99%) and the United Kingdom (21.89%).

Norway (22.57%), Japan (22.82%), Germany (22.94%), Belgium (23.89%), the Netherlands (23.92%) and Australia (24.32%) are the countries with lowest infection rates.

And in the end, we have the Goldilocks nations - that which didn't make up to the top ten list for the least infection rate, but bored a malware infection rate less than the global average: Canada (24.89%), Denmark (25.72%), Portugal (26.91%), Costa Rica (27.22%),France (27.43%), the US (27.79%), Mexico (29.91%) and Hungary (30.69%).

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