Bots are internet connected devices infected with malware that allow hackers to remotely take control of many devices at a time. Combined, these devices form powerful bot networks (botnets) that can spread malware, generate spam, and commit other types of crime and fraud online. Whether it’s computers, smartphones, security cameras or home routers, many consumers are generally unaware their device may be corralled into a bot master’s control. Discover which countries and cities unwittingly played host to the greatest number of bot infections across Europe in 2016 based on telemetry from Symantec’s Global Threat Intelligence Network.
This map reveals which countries and cities unwittingly played host to the most bot-infected devices, such as PCs, Macs, smartphones, tablets and connected home devices, across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in 2015.
Symantec, the makers of Norton Security, has established one of the most comprehensive sources of Internet threat data in the world through its Global Intelligence Network, which is made up of more than 63.8 million attack sensors and records thousands of events per second. This network monitors threat activity in over 157 countries and territories, providing unparalleled insight to help identify, analyze, and provide informed commentary on cybercrime trends and malicious attacks.
The rankings, tables and percentages are determined by total bot volumes for each country and city. The measure of 'Bot density' refers to a comparison of the bot population to the number of internet users in any given country or city, and calculated by dividing the amount of internet users, as reported by Internet World Stats on September 20, 2016, by total number of unique bot infections detected in a given city or country in 2015.