PandaLabs Says The U.S. Is Not #1 – in PC Infections

pandasecurity_logo The U.S. likes to be number one in everything – it’s just the American way. But, according to PandaLabs, the U.S. is going to have to settle for 9th place overall when it comes to malware infected computers. This is one area however, where not being number one is definitely better.

But that’s no reason to be complacent. PandaLabs, Panda Security’s malware analysis and detection laboratory, just revealed that it has detected a 15 percent increase in the total number of malware-infected computers in September, in comparison to the previous month of August.

According to data gathered from users that scanned and disinfected their computers with the free Panda ActiveScan online antivirus, the average infection ratio rose to 59 percent, the highest rate this year.

In comparison to the infection rates of 29 countries, the U.S. ranks ninth with an infection ratio of 58.25 percent, just below the worldwide average. Taiwan has the most infected PCs, with a 69.10 percent corruption, followed by Russia and China at 67.99 percent and 61.97 percent, respectively. The country with the least infections is Norway at 39.60 percent.

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According to Luis Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs, “There is a false sense of security, as users perceive there to be no real danger at the moment. When their computers get infected, they rarely notice any symptoms.”

Panda’s study revealed that U.S. computers are infected by the most dangerous malware strains: Trojans, followed by adware, worms and viruses.

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“This is a clear sign that hackers are becoming more and more sophisticated,” explains Corrons. “Cybercriminals have found news ways to spread their creations, frequently exploiting the latest news stories to launch attacks through social networks, videos, and email. The huge amount of Trojans in circulation is due to the spectacular increase in the number of banker Trojans aimed at stealing user data.”

More information is available in the Panda Security Encyclopedia. You can also follow Panda Security’s online activity on its Twitter and PandaLabs blog.

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4 responses to “PandaLabs Says The U.S. Is Not #1 – in PC Infections

  1. Seems to makes sense from what I hear ,in a lot of countries in Asia pirated versions of Windows are available for a couple of dollars pretty much everywhere.
    It’s enough to drive a person to Linux or other capable Unix based systems.
    Hope you’re well, I saw a color or colour as you say monitor and the foliage is supposed to be at its peak right about now at least in Ontario.
    We don’t get much of that in California, the poison oak turns red and that’s about it around here.
    Regards
    Mark

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Mark,

      You are so right – pirated Windows is a big problem and that as you know well, leads to problems for the rest of us. Very cool, you picked up on the spelling differences. You’re a good neighbour!

      What a change in the weather we’ve just experienced. I can’t believe I actually had to turn on the heat both yesterday and today, when I got up. It seems way too early, but…..

      Yes, the changing of the leaves is a big deal here – nature in all its glory type of thing.

      Stay well,

      Bill

  2. Hi Bill,

    This is a very interesting post. Why do you think it is that people have a false sense of security and do not notice the symptoms of an infected computer? Malware is a serious issue and we agree that hackers are becoming more sophisticated. There are tons of anti-virus programs out there, and hopefully all of these countries will take the necessary measures to protect themselves against malware.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey TuneUp,

      As with most computing issues, the misplaced confidence that many users have with respect to their online security is multifaceted. However, it seems to me that a reasonable case could be made that the average user places far too much trust in their on-board AV solutions.

      Not all AVs are created equal, and even if they were, most are incapable of stopping ALL the malware out in the wild blue. Frankly, typical users needs to take responsibility for their own security on the Internet. Little wonder that social engineering is such a successful method used by cyber-criminals to infect huge numbers of computers, when typical users are undereducated in recognizing security threats. It’s well past time that users educated themselves with respect to the current security issues that the Internet presents.

      BTW, I your Tuneup Utilities 2009 is an impressive application.

      Bill