Dramatic Negative Record: Around 8.4 million new malicious program types discovered in 2017

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Computers are constantly confronted with malware that needs to be fended off.

Bochum (Germany). Around 8.4 million new malware types for the computer, or 16 different kinds of malicious software per minute in 2017 – a new negative record. Ralf Benzmüller, Executive Speaker of G DATA SecurityLabs, analyzes and assesses the situation in his blog article.

Viruses, worms and Trojan species are many on the Internet, but alarmingly, the number of malware types is growing steadily. While the forecast was still around 7.41 million at the beginning of 2017, the G DATA experts counted exactly 8,400,058 new types of malware for the year as a whole.

“The most conspicuous and serious threat to computers is ransomware. That will not change in 2018”, says Ralf Benzmüller, Executive Speaker of G DATA SecurityLabs. In his detailed blog post “Malware Figures 2017”, he summarizes how the numbers come about, which trends can be derived and which malware categories and “potentially unwanted programs” (PUP) are very high in the course of cybercriminals. “Even if the emergence of ransomware is clearly inferior to that of adware and CoinMinern, one should protect against it”, warns Benzmüller. The consequence: Updating the operating system, keeping programs up-to-date and installing a IT security software, which proactively protects against cyber attackers.


About DATA (www.gdatasoftware.com)

G DATA Software AG, with its head office in Bochum, is an innovative and quickly expanding software house focusing on antivirus security solutions. As a specialist in Internet security and pioneer in the field of virus protection, the company, founded in Bochum in 1985, developed the first antivirus program more than 20 years ago and celebrated its 25th birthday in 2010. Consequently G DATA is amongst the eldest security software companies in the world.

Over more than five years, no other European security software provider has won national and international tests and awards more frequently than G DATA. When it comes to quality, G DATA is a world leader, combining the world’s best security technologies in its antivirus products. Examples of this are its DoubleScan technology, with two independent virus scanners, and OutbreakShield instant protection. G DATA security solutions are available worldwide in more than 90 countries.

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