Malware is a term used to describe any type of malicious software. Which includes viruses, worms, backdoors, rootkits, Trojans, and several others. The malware industry is bigger than ever before. Roughly 1 in 3 computer users are infected by malware.
The most infected countries include south eastern Asian countries like China coming in at number one, South Korea at number two, and Taiwan at number three.
The least infected countries are northwestern European countries Norway, Switzerland, and Sweden coming in at number three.
Last year there were 74,000 new strains of malware created every single day. That’s 27 million new strains over the course of 2013.
The majority of infections come from viruses at a 57% infection rate. Trojans come in at number two with a 21% infection rate. And finally Trojan downloaders come in third at 7%.
The most widespread virus of all time is called Conficker. This computer worm targets flaws in Windows OS and spread to over 200 countries creating the biggest botnet in history.
Last year in the United States alone, malware cost us an estimated $4.55 billion USD.