Ransomware Still Only Makes Up Small Share Of Growing Malware Threat

Tyler Durden's picture

One type of malware has captured the attention of the world. Recent ransomware attacks show the devastating effects it can have on business and infrastructure.

After a worldwide attack with a cryptoworm called "WannaCry" in May, another attack with a strain of ransomware called "Petya" started on Tuesday and kept on spreading around the world on Wednesday.

As Statista's Dyfed Loesche notes, malware has come a long way in the last ten years, as the infographic below shows.

Infographic: Ransomware Makes up Small Share of Growing Malware Threat | Statista

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According to analysts with IT-security software firm G Data, the number of new malware specimen is likely to reach more than 7.4 million this year alone. Albeit this number seems to spell bad news only, the data also indicates that the malware growth rate is slowing.

It is also important to note that according to data provided by IT-security institute AV-Test, ransomware (such as "WannaCry" and "Petya") only makes up a very small share of all malware detected worldwide.

However, this just goes to show that the number of specimen of a certain kind of malware does not reflect its actual potential for damage.

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NewHugh's picture

And yet the most crippling impact to computer performance is... WEB ADVERTISEMENTS!!!

BorisTheBlade's picture

Because they do more than merely advertise. Plenty of cookies designed to sniff on your web preferences.

Byte Me's picture

Adblock plus - for the ads,

Self destructing cookies - to blackhole the biscuitware.

Works reasonably well on Firefox.

MPJones's picture

Yes, and Advanced Cookie Manager to tie it all together. The point is, however, that users need to carry out active cookie management.

With regard to unsolicited information pushed to users, e.g. advertising, this is simple theft of user-paid resources and bandwidth and thus should, as a matter of course, be illegal.

playit's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do... www.jobproplan.com

HillaryOdor's picture

No sympathies for Winblows users.  It was once the best OS, now the worst, but still the most used.  Seriously get with the program guys.  Nobody wants to adapt and learn.

HopefulCynical's picture

Nobody wants to pay 3X what they should have to for an Apple box, or be their own software engineer to run Linux, either.

BennyBoy's picture


uBlock Origins and adguard are better than AB+.

AB+ lets in ads that pay AB+. Not and ad blocker but ad selector.

MPJones's picture

I've run AB+ and its predecessor on many computers for many years. I don't think I've ever seen an ad, nor have I received complaints about advertising from other users.

With regard to running Linux or UNIX derivatives on home computers this has become a lot easier over the years with the implementation of plug'n'play technology and automatic installation of upgrades and systems. The computer mono-culture (Intel/Microsoft) has led to huge security risks - although Microsoft now does a decent job at patching vulnerabilities quickly. We have reached the point when it should be a criminal offense to connect a computer running e.g. xp to the Internet, or to sell fridges or coffee machines with vulnerable software. Legislation is way behind the curve.

ZeroPoint's picture

Linux. And keep your data on external hard drives. Running Windows? On a virtual machine only.

GreatUncle's picture

Flawed operating systems ... naming no  names but you get the drift.

All because the operating system has been designed to allow it ...

As in you have to accept the advertising / propaganda style computing ...

That then alters or modifie your system (at that point really it is theirs) to make you believe or buy as they wish ...


It is called malware or a virus.


YHWH is greater's picture

Linux since 1998 and LMAO !