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Amount of Malware Found to be Backdoors Increases by 44% in 2018

Kaspersky has  revealed in its findings that in the year 2018, of all the malicious files detected Backdoor rose by 44%, while the volume of ransomware increased by 43%. One in three computers encountered at least one online malicious threat in 2018. These results show that malware, and backdoors and ransomware in particular remains significant risk for computer users.

In 2018, ransomware (Trojan-Ransom) and backdoor detections comprised 3.5% and 3.7% of all new malicious files collected in the first ten months of the year.

The chart below shows the findings:

Kaspersky Lab’s detection technologies handled 346,000 new malicious files every day in the first ten months of the year. The number and range of new malicious files detected on a daily basis is a good indicator of the interests of cybercriminals involved in the creation and distribution of malware.

“The enduring interest in ransomware and its continued development is a warning to stay vigilant – both against existing, known cyber threats and new, as yet unknown ones. This is why we continue to improve our detection and protection systems on a daily basis, making sure our customers are secure,” says Vyacheslav Zakorzhevsky, Head of Anti-Malware Research at Kaspersky Lab.

Other annual threat statistic highlights of 2018 include the following:

  • Kaspersky Lab solutions repelled 1,876,998,691 attacks launched from online resources located all over the world.
  • Kaspersky Lab’s web antivirus solution detected 21,643,946 unique malicious objects.
  • 01% of user computers encountered an online malware attack at least once over the year.

In order to stay protected, Kaspersky Lab has recommended the following:

  • Pay close attention to, and don’t open any suspicious files or attachments received from unknown sources.
  • Do not download and install applications from untrusted sources.
  • Do not click on any links received from unknown sources and suspicious online advertisements.
  • Create strong passwords and don’t forget to change them regularly.
  • Always install updates. Some of them may contain critical security issues fixes.
  • Ignore messages asking to disable security systems for Office software or antivirus software.
  • Use a robust security solution appropriate to your system type and devices like Kaspersky Internet Security or Kaspersky Security Cloud.

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