Computer Users Attacked With Malware 270 Million Times Q1 2024

Over 35,500 Coronavirus-related Websites Reported As Scam
Over 35,500 Coronavirus-related Websites Reported As Scam
Malware is dangerous as it can disrupt, disable, or take control of the users’ computer systems.Malware has evolved over the years and comes with different functionality depending on the goals of the cybercriminal.

According to Atlas VPN investigation, hackers attacked desktop users over 269.97 million times in 2020 Q1.

Infector virus was detected 28.78 million times, and it comprised 10.66% of the total attacks. The infector virus attaches itself to executable software and then spreads itself to other programs or networks that utilize the same infected software.

Worm malware was caught 25.31 million times and comprised 9.38% of the total.

Worm malware spreads copies of itself to other computers without the help of users or other programs. A computer worm can damage users in the form of stolen data, overloading a shared network, or even taking control of a computer.

Rachel Welch, COO of Atlas VPN, shares her thoughts on the malware attacks in 2020 Q1: “It is safe to assume that threat actors became more active in the first quarter of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Many people started working from home, which created opportunities for hackers to infect unsecured networks. We can expect similar or even higher numbers in the second quarter of 2020. “

 

Network scans detect most malware

Antivirus software and firewalls offer a variety of scans. The most common ones are network, real-time, web security, on-demand, behavioral, email, and memory scans.

It turns out that a network scan detected over 37% of malware in the first quarter of 2020. In other words, the network scan caught over 100 million malicious programs. A network scan inspects network traffic to detect and block cyber attacks.

A real-time scan caught 22% or over 59 million malicious programs. Real-time scan analyzes files and programs every time they are executed, opened, copied, or modified in any way.

Web Security scan detected 15% or over 40 million malicious attacks. Web Security scan evaluates websites and blocks them if they are potentially dangerous.

According to Atlas VPN investigation, hackers attacked desktop users over 269.97 million times in 2020 Q1. Malware is dangerous as it can disrupt, disable, or take control of the users’ computer systems.

The report shows that:

  • Over 269.97 million malware attacks registered in the first quarter of 2020.
  • Infector is the most common malware type detected, exceeding 28.78 million detections or 10.66% of the total.
  • Worm malware was caught 25.31 million times and comprised 9.38% of the total.
  • Hackers were the most active during the first month of the quarter, with 87.14 million attacks in January. There were 84.33 million attacks in February and significantly less in March—67.18 million.
  • A network scan detected over 37% of malware in the first quarter of 2020. In other words, the network scan caught over 100 million malicious programs.

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