Malware and Phishing statistics for Germany

According to http://www.internetworldstats.com/eu/de.htm, 61.1% from the Germany’s population in 2007 had Internet access. From these users, 56% are online every day or almost every day. Having such a widespread Internet usage, it is no surprise that there is quite a lot of activity in the Germany’s Internet scene.

Our statistics show that 14.43% from the Phishing and 15.04% from the Malware URLs (for which we have geo IP information) are hosted on servers located in Germany. The numbers of malicious URLs which are advertised in Germany (not necessarily hosted) can’t be computed, since no one is able to count all the emails which contain the URLs.

Fig. 1: The countries where phishing URLs are hosted

Fig. 1: The countries where phishing URLs are hosted

What do we do to stop them?
The most common way of spreading the URLs is the email. Avira is actively in fighting these threats in two different ways:

Avira’s security products

  • detect the phishing emails and mark them as such.
  • block the access to the URLs which point to phishing and malware websites.
Fig. 2: The registrars which receive notifications to remove dangerous files

Fig. 2: The registrars which receive notifications to remove dangerous files

Our Labs collaborate with institutions and organizations which send warning information to the registrars and ISPs hosting the dangerous files.

We actively monitor the most phished institutions and issue alerts to the readers of this blog (Figure 3). Of course, not all the names on the list are relevant for the German Users, but once Avira has reached the users all over the world, these information will be very useful.

Fig. 3: Most phished institutions

Fig. 3: Most phished institutions

Sorin Mustaca
Manager International Software Development