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UK among the most targeted by cybercriminals

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The UK is among the countries most frequently targeted by cybercriminals employing macOS (opens in new tab) malware. 

This is according to a new report from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, which states that the UK is listed ninth when it comes to the geographical distribution of macOS malware (with 5.90 percent).

The most common malware threats facing Mac users have remained largely the same in recent quarters, according to Kaspersky. However, the firm has recently discovered a new version of a previously known threat, as well as one new backdoor: Lador.a.

The report also claims criminals primarily look to exploit vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Office suite (72 percent) and popular browsers (12 percent). Kaspersky believes this may be due to the rise of remote working, with staff operating outside of the “protective ring offered by a corporate network”.

Mobile threats were down compared to Q2 last year, but the number of malicious installers in circulation has risen since the beginning of 2020. Kaspersky claims to have detected 1,245,894 malicious installers, up by 93,232 over the previous quarter.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.