In 2022, Kaspersky’s detection systems discovered that an average of 400,000 malicious files were distributed every day, a size that corresponds to an increase of 5% compared to 2021. The number of specific types of threats also increased dramatically. Indicatively, Kaspersky experts discovered an increase of 181% in the percentage of “ransomware” detected daily. These and other findings are part of the “Kaspersky Security Bulletin (KSB)”, an annual series of forecasts and analytical reports on key changes in the world of cybersecurity.
Kaspersky’s detection systems discovered that over the past 10 months, an average of 400,000 new malicious files are being circulated every day. By comparison, around 380,000 such files were found every day in 2021, which shows that 2022 saw a 5% increase. In total, Kaspersky systems detected around 122 million malicious files in 2022, 6 million more than last year.
Kaspersky researchers found that the share of “ransomware” discovered daily increased by 181%, compared to 2021, reaching 9,500 encryption files per day. Among other threats, Kaspersky security solutions also detected a 142% increase in the share of “Downloaders”; malicious programs that install new versions of malware, or unwanted applications on infected devices.
“Windows” is still the main target for attacks among all platforms where the threat families spread. In 2022, Kaspersky experts discovered an average of almost 320,000 malicious files attacking “Windows” devices. Of all the malicious files spread, 85% of them targeted “Windows”. However, “Windows” is not the only target of attackers. During this year, Kaspersky’s detection systems also discovered that the share of malicious files in “Microsoft Office” formats distributed daily doubled (236% increase).
In 2022, Kaspersky experts also detected a 10% increase in the share of malicious files targeting the “Android” platform on a daily basis. So, apart from “Windows” and “Office” files, “Android” users are now being targeted by cybercriminals. The infamous 2022 “Harly” and “Triada Trojan” campaigns, which unexpectedly attacked thousands of “Android” users from around the world, are prime examples of this trend.
“Given the rapid expansion of the threat landscape and the number of new devices that play a leading role in users’ daily lives, it is quite possible that next year we will detect not 400,000 malicious files per day, but half a million! Even more dangerous is that, with the development of “Malware-as-a-Service”, any novice fraudster can now attack devices without any technical knowledge of programming. Becoming a cybercriminal has never been so easy. It is important not only for large organizations but also for every ordinary user to use reliable security solutions to avoid falling victim to cybercriminals. Kaspersky experts, in turn, will do their best to provide protection against these threats and save users from losses so that their daily online experience is completely safe.”
as Vladimir Kuskov, head of anti-malware research at Kaspersky, comments.
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