This week Kaspersky Lab released their annual report entitled “Kaspersky Security Bulletin 2018,” outlining several key statistics faced by the company and its users throughout the course of 2018. While the statistics provided below only reflect those experience by the company, considering the fact that Kaspersky is considered by many, including myself, to be the worlds most secure software/anti-virus provider, their report does paint a unique and interesting depiction of today’s cyber landscape, as well as how it is slowly evolving or changing over time.
- 92.1% of all attacks on Kaspersky users originated out of just 10 base countries.
- Kaspersky Lab software deflected/prevented approximately 1,876,998,691 cyber attacks in the calendar year 2018.
- 30.01% of all computers installed with Kaspersky software faced at least 1 malware-class cyber attack in 2018.
- Kaspersky Lab detected 554,159,621 malicious URL’s in 2018.
- Malicious URL’s were the worlds primary source of malware delivery in 2018, followed by Trojan.Script.Generic
- 765,538 computers were targeted by various “encryptors,” such as ransomware in 2018.
- Kaspersky detected 39,842 changes to crypto-related ransomware source codes and discovered 11 new malware families throughout the course of 2018.
- There were over 220,000 attempted ransomware attacks against international corporations alone in 2018.
- In order, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Uzbekistan, Nepal and Vietnam were the 5 most heavily targeted countries by encryptors/ransomware in 2018.
- Kaspersky Lab software blocked approximately 830,135 banking trojans in 2018.
- In order, Germany, Cameroon and South Korea faced more banking malware attacks than any other countries on Earth in 2018.
- Kaspersky Lab anti-virus detected 21,643,946 unique malicious objects in 2018.
- There has been a 336% increase in Microsoft Office exploits from 2017 to 2018.
- 54.69% of all web-attacks were delivered via Microsoft Office, 19.79% were delivered via web browsers and 17.92% via Android Applications.
- The United States of America was far and away the worlds primary source of web-based attacks in 2018, with 45.65% of all web attacks/threat actors originating out of the country. This was followed by the Netherlands 17.53%, Germany 11.7%, France 7.54% and Russia 3.41%
- Adware campaigns were detected on 53% of all computers worldwide.
- Based on their analysis, no countries are at greater risk of online infection in the future than Algeria, Belarus, Venezuela, Kazakhstan and Moldova.
- Vietnam, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Laos and Mongolio are the 5 countries at greatest risk from local infections in 2018; infections targeting computer hardware.
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