Northampton in top 10 for cyber attacks per head

Much malware comes from porn websites
Much malware comes from porn websites
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Northampton is one of the the top 10 cities in the UK worst hit by cyber attacks, according to a new report.

With the nation’s biggest population, London had the most actual number of computer infections last year with 1,928,098.

But, calculated per head, the capital ended up way behind first placed Manchester (280,905 infections), which was out on its own with nine times the average rate.

A Northampton came 10th with a total number of 17,793 infections, according to say United States-based EnigmaSoftware.com.

The anti-hacking specialists analysed more than three million infections that hit British computers last year.

Patrick Morganelli, senior vice president of technology at EnigmaSoftware.com, said: “I wish there was an easy way to determine what makes people in one area more susceptible to malware infections,’ he said. ‘But there are so many different ways that infections can end up on computers that it’s tough to make any generalisations about why certain people in certain cities seem to have more than others.”

One of the most common ways malware infections end up on computers is from websites that contain infected content or that ask users to download files that contain infected content.

Many times, those are adult web sites. Users are often asked to download updates to their web browser video players so that they can watch adult videos. Instead of downloading an update, the user downloads an infection.

“We’re not saying that people in these places are visiting more adult web sites than people elsewhere.

“But that still is one of the biggest sources of the malware that our software detects.”

The top 10 places in the UK with the most computer infections per capita, along with how much higher their infection rate was compared to the national average.

1. Manchester 820 per cent higher than the national average

2. Sheffield 363 per cent higher than the national average

3. London 289 per cent higher than the national average

4. Derby 243 per cent higher than the national average

5. Southampton 146 per cent higher than the national average

6. Liverpool 123 per cent higher than the national average

7. Nottingham 75 per cent higher than the national average

8. York 69 per cent higher than the national average

9. Leicester 63 per cent higher than the national average

10. Northampton 41 per cent higher than the national average