160,000 new malware samples appear each day

Malware is still being created at the record levels reached in the previous quarter: 15 million new samples were generated, at an average rate of 160,000 every day, according to Panda Security.

Trojans, once again, have accounted for more infections (62.8%) than any other type of malware, although this figure is lower than the previous quarter (79.90%).

Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) are in second place with 24.77% of infections, underlining how these techniques are now being used massively. A long way behind came adware/spyware (7.09%), viruses (2.68%) and worms (2.66%).

The global infection rate during the second quarter of 2014 was 36.87%, a significant rise on recent periods, thanks largely to the proliferation of PUPs. Country by country, China once again had the most infections, with a rate of 51.05%, followed by Peru (44.34%) and Turkey (44.12%).

It’s clear from this ranking that the regions with the highest levels of infections are Asia and Latin America. Spain also has an infection rate above the global average with 37.67%.

On the other hand, Europe is the area with the lowest infection rate, with nine countries ranked among the least infected countries. Sweden (22.13%), Norway (22.26%) and Germany (22.88%) had the lowest rates while Japan, with an infection rate of 24.21%, was the only non-European country in the top ten of this ranking.