Friday, February 08, 2008

From The 'Get A Mac' Files

From The BBC

Malicious programs hit new high

The number of malicious programs found online has reached an unprecedented high, say security firms.

Reports vary but some estimates suggest there were five times as many variants of malicious programs in circulation in 2007 compared to 2006.

Security company Panda Software said it was getting more than 3,000 novel samples of so called malware every day.

Criminals pump out variants to fool anti-virus programs that work, in part, by spotting common characteristics.

Threat landscape

Security software testing organisation AV Test reported that it saw 5.49 million unique samples of malicious software in 2007 - five times more than the 972,606 it saw in 2006.

AV Test reached its total by analysing malicious programs and generating a digital fingerprint for each unique sample.

The organisation said the different ways malware can be packaged will mean some duplication in its figures, but the broad trend showed a steep rise.

The organisation uses the samples to test security programs to see how many they can spot and stop.

Panda Software said the number of malicious samples it received in 2007 was up ten fold on 2006. In a statement it said the rise represented a "malware epidemic".

Finnish security firm F-Secure said it had seen a doubling in the number of pieces of malware it detected in 2007 compared to 2006.

Most of the malicious programs detected by these security organisations are aimed at the various versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system.

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Jason said...

Question: if more people had Macs than PCs, wouldn't the people creating these programs just start making them to target Macs?

Muzzy said...

Well, probably yes, which is why even though I really *am* a Mac snob - we have six working ones, and two non-working ones in our house - I am always a bit pleased that not too many seem to ever be willing to wander out of PCHell. But it's like the Good Book sayeth: 'Many are called, but few are chosen.'