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According to new analysis from PandaLabs of malware production rates over the first two quarters of this year, there has been double digit increases in the number of new malicious agents created over the same period last year, with Trojans leading the way.

“The amount of new malware samples continues to rise. In the second quarter of 2013, 12% more malware was created than in the same period last year. When the data for the first and second quarter of 2013 is taken together, the increase on 2012 reaches 17%,” the report stated.

Of the malware produced and analyzed:

  • Trojans accounted for 77.2%
  • Worms made up 11.28%
  • Viruses accounted for 10.29%
  • Adware and Spyware were at 1.07%

“Cybercriminals use Trojans as a key tool to infect users, continually introducing changes to avoid detection, and, in many cases, automating the process of changing the Trojan. They use scripts and special tools in order to change the binaries run on victims’ computers to evade the signature-based detection used by antivirus firms,” the report explained.

Fortunately, the U.S. is not listed as one of the most infected nations, which is led by China (52.36%), Turkey (43.6%), and Peru (42.1%). Unfortunately, the U.S. is also not one of the least infected nations, led by Sweden (21.03%), Norway (21.14%), and Germany (24.18%).

“In the second quarter of 2013, the global infection ratio was 32.77%, which was up on the first quarter. As for the data for individual countries, China once again tops the table…”

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