Latin American malware infections have increased in 2013, as new malware rapidly emerges.
According to PandaLabs’ report for the third quarter of 2013, there has been 10 million new strains of malware detected in 2013, matching the total figure for 2012.
The most infected country was China, while the Latin America region featured highly, with Peru, Argentina, Brazil and Chile all among the top ten infected nations.
Europe has the lowest infection rate, with the Netherlands (19.19 per cent), United Kingdom (20.35 per cent) and Germany (20.60 per cent) infected.
The most notable threat was the Trojan, which Panda said accounts for the majority of new threats and infections globally. It claimed that Trojans accounted for 76.85 per cent of all new threats identified by PandaLabs, followed by worms (at a distant 13.12 per cent), viruses (9.23 per cent) and adware/spyware (0.57 per cent).
Additionally, Trojans continued to be the weapon of choice for malware writers to infect users’ systems. 78 per cent of all computer infections registered in the third quarter of 2013 were caused by Trojans, followed by viruses (6.63 per cent), adware/spyware (6.05 per cent) and worms (5.67per cent).