Report: Computers in state capitals three times likely to have malware infections


A report by ESG, makers of anti-malware software, found personal computers in America’s state capitals have 224 percent more infections than the rest of the state.

According to the report, in 43 of the 50 states, the infection rate was higher in the state capital.

“It didn’t matter if it was a big state, small state, large capital, or small capital, infections were almost always higher,” said ESG spokesperson Ryan Gerding. “Now the big question is, why?”

State Capital Difference in Infection Rate

Hoover over each capital to see its infection rate.

Data: ESG

Top 5

  1. Atlanta, Georgia (+992%)
  2. Albany, New York (+970%)
  3. Salt Lake City, Utah (+772%)
  4. Columbia, South Carolina (+741%)
  5. Charleston, West Virginia (+544%)


  1. Jefferson City, Missouri (-80%)
  2. Juneau, Alaska (-77%)
  3. Carson City, Nevada (-58%)
  4. Concord, New Hampshire (-55%)
  5. Salem, Oregon (-32%)

For the report, ESG looked at malware infection rates on its anti-malware program SpyHunter and compared it to the average infection rate for the entire state.

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