Malware Mainly Targets Windows, with Increasing Threats to IoT

The majority of all malware still targets Windows, which is by far the most widely used operating system around the world, says the AV-TEST Security Report 2019/2020

According to the survey, more than 78 percent of newly developed malware targeted Windows systems in 2019. In the first quarter of 2020, this value increased to more than 83 percent.

The survey also results show exponential growth in malware rates for IoT-typical Linux and Unix versions. “The IoT detection figures of the current year continue to show alarming growth: Thus, the rate of Trojans used to infect IoT infrastructure increased from 40 to over 65 percent, And the increase in the rate of newly developed cryptominers had more than quadrupled,” the survey says.

Along with these survey results, AV-TEST announced the addition of an IoT section to its AV-ATLAS Threat Intelligence Platform, offering real-time threat analyses of virtually all relevant IoT platforms