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Kaspersky: China ‘accounts for more than half of malware’

John Riley

As much as 50% to 70% of all malicious code comes from China, according to Eugene Kaspersky, head of research and development at Kaspersky Labs, speaking at the Infosecurity Europe show in London.

China is the source particularly of multi-vector backdoor Trojans," said Kaspersky.

"China and India are both huge countries, each with a lot of internet users… there is a lot of malicious software from China but none from India.”

Kaspersky warned that existing law enforcement across the world is not adapting to the escalating threats. He called for an "internet Interpol", a collaborative IT police. "We have to have co-ordinated police departments in different countries," he said.

He added that after China the biggest threat is from Latin America, especially Brazil, followed by Russia and Eastern Europe, and then the rest of the world.

"It's getting out of control," he warned.

Kaspersky also said that the most dangerous new viruses are those that insert a strong encryption to prevent users accessing their data files. The perpetrator then blackmails the user.

"You then either have to forget about your data or pay money," he said. He added that another new development is the increasing number of attacks on anti-virus software.

"The amount of malicious code is growing but not the arrests," he said, noting that only 100 arrests have been made worldwide for malicious code.

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