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Cybercrime, COVID-19-related malware infections soared 228% in Q3

AtlasVPN: COVID-19-related malware infections soared 228% in Q3. The lures are coronavirus-linked subjects

COVID-19-related malware infections soared 228% in Q3 2020. It has been denounced by AtlasVPN cybersecurity experts. According to a report, malicious cybercrime coronavirus campaigns typically use pandemic-related subjects, including testing, treatments, cures, and remote-work topics to lure targets into clicking on a malicious link, downloading a file, or viewing a PDF. Panicking citizens often forget basic cybersecurity practices and fall into the trap. Data reveals that in Q2, 2020, there were over 737 thousand coronavirus-related trojan infections globally, averaging 8 thousand per day. In the third quarter of 2020, the number jumped by 228% to a staggering 2.42 million infections, averaging 26 thousand per day. There was a steep increase in the number of trojan infections at the beginning of July, 2020. On June 30th, 2020, cybercriminals infected 11 thousand computers, while on July 1st, 2020, the number grew by 45% to nearly 16 thousand successful trojan horse attacks.

The cybersecurity experts: US is the most hit country by trojans, followed by Spain, Estonia, India and South Africa

According cybersecurity experts, after the sharp jump, malware attacks continued at an increased rate the whole third quarter of 2020. On September 23rd, 2020, trojan infections reached the highest number so far, over 35 thousand in a single day. The US has the most COVID-19 cases in the world, and interestingly, it has the most pandemic-related trojan horse infections as well. Internet users located in the US got infected with nearly 1.15 million trojans since the start of the pandemic. Perhaps less expected, the second most affected country is Spain. Spain’s citizens fell victim to over 1.08 million attacks since the start of 2020. Estonia, India, and South Africa all saw more than 300 thousand COVID-19-related trojan cyber attacks. Also, internet users in Italy and Germany got hit with over 200 thousand attacks each. Furthermore, curious internauts in Ukraine, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia experienced an excess of 120 thousand attacks.

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