The security company Kaspersky has studied the amount of threats discovered on the web for the second quarter of 2010.

The security company Kaspersky Lab has released a study in which they have measured the number of threats on the internet during the second quarter of this year. During this period, the company registered 540 million attempts to infect computers running any of Kaspersky Labs products.

Here are the stats of the security threats in the second quarter of 2010:

  • Over 540 million infection attempts were detected.
  • The majority of attacks targeted China (17.09%), Russia (11.36%), India (9.30%), the USA (5.96%) and Vietnam (5.44%)
  • 27% of all malicious programs detected on the Internet were malicious scripts injected into a range of sites by cybercriminals.
  • A total of 157,626,761 attacks were counteracted. These attacks
    stemmed from a range of Internet resources located in various
    countries.
  • The percentage of exploits in the total number of malicious programs increased by 0.7%, with 8,540,223 exploits being detected.
  • Exploits targeting vulnerabilities in Adobe programs continued to dominate, although the share decreased by 17% compared to Q1.
  • 33,765,504 unpatched vulnerabilities were identified on users’ computers.
  • 203,997,565 malicious programs were blocked and neutralized on users’ computers.

The most common security threat was a malicious code exploiting vulnerabilities in Adobe’s PDF Reader. Overall, the study found that one out of four computers had more than seven security holes that were not updated.

According to Kaspersky Lab, the number of fraud attempts on social networks also increased during the second quarter of this year. Kaspersky Lab does not say how many computers that participated in the study.

Source: IDG News