Internet security threats: just the beginning1 min read . Updated: 18 May 2016, 04:46 PM IST
More than 430 million new unique pieces of malware were discovered in 2015, a 36% increase over 2014, says a report by Symantec Corporation
More than 430 million new unique pieces of malware were discovered in 2015, a 36% increase over 2014, according to Symantec Corp.’s annual Internet Security Threat Report, Volume 21.
The report says the maximum malicious activity originated from China (23.7% of all global cyber-attacks), which is ahead of the US (18.9%) and India (3.4%).
Interestingly, the US remains the origin of maximum malicious codes with 13.7% of the total programs detected, and India is in second spot with 12.5% codes.
A malicious code is essentially the name given to one or more types of viruses, worms, and Trojans, which are distributed with the intent of stealing and destroying data, running destructive or intrusive programs, stealing sensitive information, and compromising the security of computing devices.