The State of Stalkerware in 2019

November 20, 2019

Main findings

  • From January to August 2019, around the world, there were more than518,223 cases when our protection technologies either registered presenceof stalkerware on users’ devices or detected an attempt to install it –a 373% increase in the same period in 2018
  • In the first eight months of 2019, 37,532 users encountered stalkerware atleast once. This is a 35% increase from the same period in 2018 when 27,798users were targeted
  • The number of users targeted by full-throttle spyware detected as Trojan-Spy reached 26,620 the first eight months of 2019, which makes it a minoritycompared to the number of users who encountered stalkerware
  • Internationally, the Russian Federation Russian Federation remains the mostprominent region for stalkerware globally, accounting for 25.6% of potentiallyaffected users, in the first eight months of 2019. India is in second place with10.6% of affected users, and Brazil is in third place (10.4%). The United Stateshold forth place with 7.1%
  • When it comes to Europe – Germany, Italy and the UK hold the top threeplaces respectively
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