360k new malware samples introduced each day: 6 report insights

Nearly 360,000 new malware variants were detected each day in 2017, according to a security bulletin from Kaspersky Lab.

The software firm's "Year in Figures" compiles statistics on cyberattacks and other reported vulnerabilities from the year.

Here are six significant statistics from the report.

1. Almost one third (29.4 percent) of user computers were subjected to at least one malware web attack.

2. WannaCry was the most widespread encryptor family in 2017, attacking nearly 7.7 percent of users, followed by Locky (6.7 percent) and Cerber (5.9 percent).

3. The plurality of cyberattacks targeted browsers (42.6 percent) and Android devices (27.1 percent).

4. Web-based attacks primarily targeted the U.S. (33.6 percent), Netherlands (23.8 percent) and Germany (10.9 percent).

5. Kaspersky detected more than 96,000 modifications of crypto-ransomware and discovered 38 new families.

6. The company notes it is observing substantial growth in attacks targeting Microsoft Office users, which are up 4 percent over the year and 14 percent over the past two years.

Click here to read the full report.

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