Malware tops the million mark

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  1. boonie

    boonie Registered Member

    Aug 5, 2007
    From PCMag as repoted by BBC:
    "Symantec is claiming, according to the BBC, that the number of malware samples "in circulation" has exceeded one million. It's party time if you sell anti-malware protection.

    Viruses, trojan horses and other malware are like mutations. The vast majority die out without reproducing in any meaningful quantity. Symantec also says that the vast majority have been created in the last 12 months.

    The Symantec report also goes into the nature of all that malware, none of which is big news: Trojans are often used as a toe-hold in order to deliver other malware, the underground which creates all this is increasingly professional, etc.

    Not a whole lot of news, but it does give urgency to the need to move away from a signature-based anti-malware model." emphasis mine

    BBC Article

    Symantec Bi-annual Internet Threat Report

    I know opinions vary re: signature based anti-malware. I still use an AV, and will continue to do so, at least until I reach a level (if ever) of knowledge where I'm comfortable without it.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2008
  2. ccsito

    ccsito Registered Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Nation's Capital
    Well, according to Bill Gates, the PC will be obsolete soon, so we won't have to worry about all of these hackers and malware floating around out there. Of course, then whatever replaces the PC may be targeted. :rolleyes:
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