Friday, April 11, 2008

More than 1 million computer viruses in circulation now

For the past 12 months, there are more than a million of computer viruses, worms and trojans in circulation, according to the Symantec bi-annual Internet Security Threat Report. This may be due to the efforts of the cyber criminal groups to put up the malwares to foll the anti-virus programmes.

There are a total of 711, 912 new malicious code threat found in 2007. In total todate so far, Symantec already detected 1,122,311 malware. This showed that almost 2/3 of the malware were created in 2007 alone.

Most of the viruses are targeted at the Microsoft Window's based PC. For more reading, click here - Computer viruses hit one million.

On the other hand, some security firms also reported an significant increase in the number of viruses online.
  • Panda Software reported that it was getting more than 3000 sample of malware everyday.
  • AV Test indicated that a total of 5.49 million unique samples of malicious software were detected in 2007, 5 times higher than 2006.
  • F-Secure highlighted a doubling increase in the number of pieces of malware it detected in 2007 as compared to 2006.
Read more here - Malicious programs hit new high.

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