hackers aheadShort Bytes: In Enigma Software’s yearly top 20 cities list, Tampa maintains its top spot with 506% higher infections than the national average. The top five was rounded out by St. Louis, Orlando, Denver, and Atlanta. This list presents some interesting data, but there isn’t a definite way to determine what makes people in one area more prone to malware attacks.

Every year, Enigma Software releases its list of the top 20 US cities with the most malware infections. The firm uses the telemetry data from its SpyHunter anti-spyware product to prepare this list.

This year’s data analyses a total of 250 cities with more than 25 million infections distributed between them. This list produces some very surprising results with multiple cities having infection rates much higher than the national average. In 2014, Tampa, Florida was the city that topped the charts of most malware-infected cities in the US. In 2015, Tampa maintains its top spot with 506% higher infections than the national average.

The next two top spots are acquired by St. Louis and Orlando that recorded about 400% higher infections than the national average. The top five was rounded out by Denver and Atlanta.

This data shows how infection rates vary from city to city. However, there isn’t a definite way to determine what makes people in one area more prone to malware attacks as a malware enters a computer via different routes. “We’re not saying that people in Tampa, Orlando, and St. Louis are visiting more adult websites than people in other cities,” Morganelli, Senior Vice President of Technology at Enigma Software says. “But that still is one of the biggest sources of the malware that our software detects.”

Mr. Morganelli outlines the fact that websites with malicious download links and adware are the biggest sources of malware. The growth of social networking websites has also provided more ways to cyber criminals to reach out to the people and trick them.

Let’s take at the complete top 20 list (Enigma Sotware)

Top Cities for Malware Infections in the First Half of 2015 and 2014

2015 2014 City Infection rate
1 1 Tampa 506% higher than the national average
2 3 Saint Louis 392% higher than the national average
3 2 Orlando 375% higher than the national average
4 6 Denver 333% higher than the national average
5 4 Atlanta 327% higher than the national average
6 7 Newark 241% higher than the national average
7 5 Salt Lake City 223% higher than the national average
8 8 Madison 193% higher than the national average
9 9 Cleveland 184% higher than the national average
10 11 Cincinnati 170% higher than the national average
11 10 Little Rock 164% higher than the national average
12 12 Washington 162% higher than the national average
13 13 Miami 114% higher than the national average
14 17 Raleigh 98% higher than the national average
15 15 Irvine 96% higher than the national average
16 14 Pittsburgh 87% higher than the national average
17 47 Buffalo 87% higher than the national average
18 18 Minneapolis 85% higher than the national average
19 16 Richmond 81% higher than the national average
20 19 Seattle 72% higher than the national average

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