Computer security experts at security firm Kaspersky Lab have been predicting for years that Russia and China would be the next two countries to overtake the United States as the world’s top-level cyberthreats.
Now, the report released Wednesday by the firm shows that China’s malware arsenal is still the largest, and the Russians have only grown their ranks.
Kaspersy Lab said in its report that the total size of the Russian malware arsenal surpassed that of the U.S. and was about 40 percent larger than the total of the countries with the largest malware arsenals in the world.
China’s number is up to 667,000.
Russia’s is about 619,000, the Kaspersk report said.
The report, which is based on analysis of data from more than 1,500 cyberattacks, does not include attacks on companies, governments or individuals that are not publicly disclosed.
The U.K., France and Germany have the most active malware armies, the researchers said.
China, the world leader in cyberthreating, has seen an explosion in its cyberweapons over the last few years.
The nation’s most destructive cyberattack was on the World Cup in 2018, in which the Chinese military killed more than 5,000 people and crippled infrastructure and critical infrastructure in dozens of countries.
The attack was so destructive that it took more than a year to be solved, according to the International Olympic Committee, which said the attack resulted in the destruction of $20 billion worth of infrastructure in South Korea.
That attack also crippled the U