Friday, November 18, 2005

1685 new viruses in October

October 2005 heralds the biggest increase of new viruses in 17 years. According to anti-virus firm Sophos, which began monitoring the proliferation of viruses in 1988, 1685 new viruses were discovered since the end of September.

This increase is possible because authors tend to shy away from creating new strains of viruses and instead simply bombard users with a number of new variants of backdoor malware. According to F-Secure, another anti-virus company, numerous “malware families” have produced over 700 variants, as every time a new element is added to the existing code, a variant is produced. This is a popular trend that is continuing to grow.

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