Security experts at McAfee Labs have released a troubling statistic for 2013: throughout the course of the year, the company uncovered over 200 new malware attacks every minute.
According to the latest report issued by McAfee Labs, the company is responsible for detecting and combating over 3 new malware attacks every second. While the report applies only for 2013, it is easy to imagine that these attacks have, in all likelihood, only continued this year. McAfee’s report points to the unsettling fact that cybercrime is once again on the rise; a total of 200 million malware variants were discovered during the last quarter of 2013. This figure represents an increase of almost 100% over the course of a year.
Researchers at McAfee Labs have pointed to the increase in Point of Sales (POS) malware attacks on large retail changes as one of the potential reasons for this huge spike. Experts noted that over the past year, they have seen a marked increase in the instances of POS malware designed to log the credit card details of unsuspecting shoppers.