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Cybercriminals create more malicious files

Guests during a cybercrime conference in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Guests during a cybercrime conference in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The number of new malicious files processed by Kaspersky Lab’s in-lab detection technologies reached 360,000 a day in 2017, which is 11.5 per cent higher than the previous year, records show.

The rise reflects the average activity of cybercriminals involved in the creation and distribution of malware.

“This figure was calculated for the first time in 2011 and totalled 70,000 at that time. Since then it has grown five-fold, and as the 2017 data shows, it is still increasing,” said the head of Anti-Malware Team at Kaspersky Lab Vyacheslav Zakorzhevsky in a statement.

“Most of the files identified as dangerous fall in the malware category (78 per cent). However, viruses – whose prevalence significantly dropped five to seven years ago, due to their complex development and low efficiency - still constitute 14 per cent of daily detections.” 

Mr Zakorzhevsky said the remaining files are advertising software, which are not considered malicious by default, but in many instances, can cause private information exposure and other risks.

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