China and Russia produce 50 percent of Internet threats

According to a comprehensive study regarding worldwide malware, spam and phishing trends, in terms of producing and hosting malware, China is found to be number one, accounting for more than 31 percent, followed by Russia with almost 22 percent and Brazil with more than 8 percent.

The report presents an in-depth analysis of the security threat landscape over the last six months, between January and June 2011, and also provides predictions for the coming months.

The countries most affected by threats are France and the United States, which account for more than 25 percent of the global malware incidents logged. During the first six months of 2011, more than 500,000 computers in France have been exposed to various families of malware, ranging from average rogue antivirus scanners to devastating malware such as the Sality or Downadup families.

The study surveys the most critical aspects of data security in conjunction with internet use, social networking and recent major corporate breaches. Predictions for the rest of this year are that mobile malware will increase by 400 percent. On top of that it is estimated a 30 percent increase of the unique samples of PC malware to the end of the year.

Most of these e-threats will be related to the emergence of the first technical previews of Windows 8. In terms of botnets and corporate security we are expecting at least one major data breach per month in the future.

Another important conclusion of the research is that 50 percent of the most important malware threats distributed worldwide consisted of Trojans. Furthermore, casino spam is on the rise as the Sality-supported Maazben botnet increases. In terms of social engineering scams, the top phished institutions and services during the first half of the year are PayPal, eBay and World of Warcraft.

The study was conducted through worldwide anti-virus users and surveys the most critical aspects of data security in conjunction with internet use, social networking and recent major corporate breaches.

As leader of the Bitdefender Online Threats Lab, Alexandru Catalin Cosoi's work sets the agenda for the development of new security threat countermeasures. Over the last 6 years, Alexandru has acquired a thorough understanding of key areas of technology.