Ransomware Still Only Makes Up Small Share Of Growing Malware Threat

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.


MPJones Byte Me Thu, 06/29/2017 - 05:52 Permalink

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.

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MPJones BennyBoy Thu, 06/29/2017 - 10:29 Permalink

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.

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GreatUncle Thu, 06/29/2017 - 05:43 Permalink

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 ...JUST SO HAPPENS OTHERS EXPLOIT THAT CONCEPTIt is called malware or a virus.