A report by Microsoft has pegged down Pakistan, Indonesia, the Palestinian territories, Bangladesh and Nepal, as the countries attracting the largest number of malware attacks. The study was performed on the basis of data from sensors in systems running Microsoft anti-malware software.
Malware is basically an umbrella term, that covers a wide variety of hostile or intrusive software, including computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, scareware etc. The programs can be used to disrupt your usual computer operations and are capable of gathering sensitive information, gaining access to private computer systems, or even displaying unwanted advertising.
Pakistan, Indonesia, the Palestinian territories, Bangladesh and Nepal, along with other South Asian countries contribute to almost half of the total attacks. The figures are certainly shocking, particularly when you stop to consider the relatively low PC penetration in these regions as compared to the rest of the world.
At the other end of the spectrum were Japan, Finland, Norway and Sweden, as the countries that attracted the fewest malware attacks.
Speaking on the topic, Microsoft manager Alex Weinert said,
We look at north of 10 million attacks on identities every day.
Thankfully, many of these attacks are unsuccessful or are defended against by security systems. However, on an average, almost 240 days passed before a breach in a users computer was recognized.
Meanwhile, a different Microsoft report also said that the newest versions of both Windows client and server operating systems had the lowest malware infection rates during the period, by a significant margin. The report went on to say that the variations in the number of attacks across newer and older version of the platforms could certainly be used to make a strong argument for upgrading.