Over many years, there has been countless amounts of data revealing specific regions of the world that happened to be responsible for a majority of malware during a particular time. In a recent study conducted by Kaspersky Lab, it was revealed how Brazil was the Latin American country with the highest occurrence of malware threats infected computers during the first half of 2013.
Although Brazil is the largest South American country by a long shot, it ranks among the top 100 countries in the world for malware incidents taking 35th spot. In terms of Latin American provinces, Brazil leads the way for malware incidence with Peru, Panama Honduras and Mexico still falling within the top 100 list.
Some of the startling aspects of this study is that many Latin American areas have limited Internet access, but it seems it has not put a damper on the ability for hackers in some Latin American countries to spread malware.
It is said that Brazil has had a long history of being a major player in the initiation malware throughout the world as demonstrated in Microsoft’s ‘Malware Infection Rates by Country/Region’ heat-chart in Figure 1 below capturing the 4th quarter of the year 2011.