The top cybersecurity threats differ by country, says Microsoft

In our day and age of modern technology, no matter which country you live in, it appears that cyber security breaches are becoming all too common. Microsoft has recognized this and has published a new Cyber Security Intelligence Report which finds that the top cybersecurity threats differ by country.

Microsoft’s Cyber Security Intelligence Report is published twice each year, and is a comprehensive security analysis based on data collected from around the world. In the report from May, Microsoft found that cyber attackers use techniques that target people based on the native language, employ online services specific to a geographic region, and also target vulnerabilities or operating system configurations and applications that show up disproportionately in a given location.

Security Intelligence Report findings by country

Security Intelligence Report findings by country

According to the Microsoft report, France and Italy both had high encounter rates for Browser Modifiers. Russia, however, had a significantly higher encounter rate for Trojans, and worms were most popular in Brazil. Adware, meanwhile, had the highest encounter rates in Brazil, France, and Italy, and viruses were most popular in China.

The table seen above highlights some results of the report, with each row and darker colors indicating the most prevalent categories in each location. With locations arranged by the number of computers that reported threat detections during the second half of 2015, the lighter colors in the tale mean that a threat is less common.

For the complete details, and to access the full report from May, you can head over to Microsoft’s Security Blog. Once you’ve checked it out, be sure to come back to WinBeta and let us know what you think of Microsoft’s cyber security findings by dropping us a comment in the section below!

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