Security firm Kaspersky Lab has launched an interactive cyberthreat map that visualizes cyber security incidents occurring worldwide in real time. A quick glance shows that the world is a pretty scary place.
The interactive map is a promotional tool created by Kaspersky Lab, but it's fascinating nonetheless. Threats displayed include malicious objects detected during on-access and on-demand scans, email and web antivirus detections, as well as objects identified by vulnerability and intrusion detection sub-systems.
I've created gifs showing the USA (the fourth most infected country) and Ukraine (ranked 8th). Russia is the most infected country in the world. But as you can see in the gif above, Europe as a whole is a very busy place.
Kaspersky Lab's Head of Corporate Communications Denis Zenkin had this to say in a statement:
Every day Kaspersky Lab handles more than 300,000 malicious objects. Three years ago the figure was just 70,000 but antivirus technologies have also changed with the times and we have no problem coping with this huge stream of traffic. Where do the attacks come from? Where do users click on malicious links most often? Which types of malware are the most prevalent? These are the sort of questions being asked by lots of users. Our new map of the cyberworld threat landscape allows everyone to see the scale of cyber activity in real time and to get a taste of what it feels like to be one of our experts.