The third quarter of 2016 was yet another active period for hackers worldwide, according to the “IT Threat Evolution Q3 2016” report from Kaspersky Lab, which was released Nov. 3. The report is derived from data gathered across 213 countries and territories worldwide, and shows that Kaspersky Lab technologies deployed globally helped to detect 172 million malicious attacks during the quarter. Ransomware remains a key threat globally, with Kaspersky Lab blocking crypto ransomware attacks against 821,865 computers in the quarter. Looking at the geography of ransomware, more users in Japan were attacked than anywhere else in the world. But while ransomware is a growing threat, it was surpassed by the total volume of malicious files Kaspersky Lab detected during the quarter. The company’s file antivirus capabilities detected 116 million unique malicious and potentially unwanted objects. Attackers continue to target multiple types of applications; however, web browsers were the top target for nearly 45 percent of all application attacks in the third quarter. In this slide show, eWEEK examines some of the highlights of the Kaspersky Lab report.

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