2014 Marked The Year for over 143 Million New Malware Threats

Posted on January 09, 2015 by .

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Malware continues to be the giant mega-ton elephant in the room of computer users who don’t feel up to the task of addressing or preventing the potential destruction that it will inevitably cause. Recent statistics about 2014′s malware epidemic raises many eyebrows as the total count of new threats during 2014 lands at 143 million, according to AV-Test’s latest antivirus evaluation.

As you may or may not know, malware comes in a variety of types, many more than the traditional list of flavors at your local ice cream shop. Certain types of malware are specifically designed to carry out defined actions to steal your personal information, take control of your computer or spread infections to other systems through a network or the internet.

AV-Test, a security firm known for their independent comparative tests, reviews and reports of malware threats around the world, has closely examined a large influx of malware throughout 2014. In their findings and malware registrations, they have found over 143 million new malware threats through the year account for about 4 new samples every second. If those numbers send chills down your spine, you are not alone.

AV-Test Chart Showing Malware Sample Rates by Year

To draw a stark contrast to the previous year, in 2013 AV-Test’s statistics revealed that malware authors were not nearly as busy as in 2014. Reiterating that point, there was a difference and increase of about 60 million malware threats when comparing 2013 with 2014′s higher number. To take the study back even further, 4 years ago AV-Test only sampled just over 17 million malicious threats. The month of August 2014 alone accounted for 18 million malware samples collected, more than the collective amount back in 2010.

AV-Test Chart Showing Malware Sample Rates for 2014

If you ever wonder what systems make up the majority of malware attacks, look no further than systems running Windows and the Android operating system. The evaluations of computer security software has also concurred with AV-Test’s findings for the past 4 years, so the data is accurate.

As we look to the year 2015 and what it has in store for us in terms of malware, it is easy to conclude that this year will mark the most malware threats we have ever seen in a period of 365 days. The actions you can take now, such as updating your software and continually running an updated copy of antimalware or antivirus software, will put you in a better position to face the opposition of the millions of malware threats emerging in 2015.

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