New research from the company cyber security "Kaspersky" points out that Russia, Brazil and the US were the countries most affected by stalkerware in 2020. According to the report "The State of Stalkerware 2020" released at the end of last week, 53.870 Kaspersky users worldwide were affected by malware software monitoring in 2020.
According to Infosecurity Magazine, the US, which was the fourth most affected country in 2019, climbed to third place in 2020, with 4.745 victims. Respectively, India, which was in second place in 2019, in 2020 "fell" to fourth place, with 4.627 victims. Other countries ranked in the top ten were most affected Mexico, Germany, Iran, Italy, United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.
The total number of victims worldwide in 2020 decreased by 13.630 compared to 2019. Researchers observed an increase in the number of victims in the second half of 2020, the period when countries began to be subjected to more lockdown status with the outbreak of the pandemic of COVID-19.
Victor Chebyshev, head of Kaspersky's research and development team, said: "We see that the number of users affected by stalkerware remains high, while we detect new samples every day."
With more than 8.000 users affected worldwide, Nidb was the most used stalkerware sample in 2020. This sample is used to sell various stalkerware products such as iSpyoo, TheTruthSpy and Copy9.
In addition, Coalition Against Stalkerware warns that this malware, which allows a remote user to monitor activities in device another user, can facilitate monitoring, harassment, abuse, persecution, and even violence.
Chebyshev also pointed out the following: "It's important to remember that there is a real story behind all these numbers and sometimes there is a silent cry for help. Therefore, we share our image with the community working to end the use of stalkerware in order to better understand the issue. It is clear that we all need to share what we find in order to further improve localization and protection for the benefit of those affected by cyberbullying. "