Windows and Android malware still far outnumber those on Apple’s platforms

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More than 34 million new malware samples have been discovered so far in 2022, with Windows and Android remaining the most risky platforms compared to Apple systems like the Mac.

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Malware authors created more than 316,000 new malware threats per day in 2022, according to data from Atlas VPN. The team’s information is based on analysis of data from AV-Test GmbH, an independent antivirus and security vendor.

January saw the biggest jump in new malware developments, with 11.41 million new malware samples recorded in the first month of 2022. February saw 8.93 million malware samples, while that March saw 8.77 million.

At the end of the first quarter of 2022, newly discovered malware threats reached 29.11 million.

The data was last updated on April 20, 2022. According to this count, at least 5.65 million new malware samples have been discovered so far during the month of April.

As for the distribution between platforms, Windows saw 25.48 million new malware samples in 2022. At least 536,000 unreleased Android malware samples were also discovered.

Apple platforms appear less impacted, with macOS seeing 2,000 new malware samples in 2022.

Despite the relative scarcity of macOS malware, Apple still finds the number of threats on the platform “unacceptable” compared to iOS. Vulnerabilities and exploits are not unheard of on iOS, but are even rarer than on macOS.

The prevalence of malware on competing platforms like Android and Windows has been a central argument for Apple against opening up its platforms. Apple has repeatedly argued that antitrust laws in the United States and the European Union could actually harm user privacy and security.

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