Malware activity has become so pervasive globally that attack servers are now hosted in 206 countries and territories.
Kaspersky Lab's research has revealed millions of computers running anti-theft software could be at risk of being hijacked by cyber attackers.
The U.S. is officially the world's capital for spam-spewing zombified computers after taking top spot on the 2013 Dirty Dozen Spampionship league table.
The legal fraternity has made it first foray into the use of Bitcoins as payments for services rendered.
Cybercriminals are expected to increasingly use ransomware, malware, and hacktivism to move further into the lucrative business market.
Tablets will out-ship almost all other PC form factors combined next year, forming nearly 50 percent of the total market, say analysts at Canalys.