Over 400 million malware infections detected in 30 days

5th May 2020
Alex Lynn

Data compiled by Atlas VPN shows that in April there have been over 400 million detected malware infections, which makes over 10 million cases per day. This month, the educational field experienced the largest number of malware attacks.

In April, the number of global infections worldwide was fluctuating from 10 million to 16 million daily cases, reaching the lowest point on April 5th and the highest on April 16th.

This month, the Central Asia region suffered from the largest number of local attacks, according to Kaspersky antivirus.  At least 32% of devices in Tajikistan were exposed to malware, followed by Uzbekistan, with 31%. In China, Kaspersky detected malware in nearly 27% of the devices that use their software. 

In April, Microsoft detected 6.5 million malware infections in different industries. Education was the main target – 64% of the attacks were pointed at this particular sector. With nine percent of the malware infections, business and professional services was the second most-attacked industry.

Rachel Welsh, COO of Atlas VPN, commented: “Educational institutions were exposed to the largest number of malware attacks since criminals expect school staff or students are not well-trained in cybersecurity. If schools are planning on holding exams remotely, they should prepare and get experienced IT specialists to check the systems out.”

The full research analyses the rest of the malware infection numbers throughout April and lists the regions and industries that were targeted the most.

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