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Windows 7: Malware-splosion: 2013 Will be Malware's Biggest Year Ever

30 May 2013   #1

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Malware-splosion: 2013 Will be Malware's Biggest Year Ever

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According to the German security company AV-Test, malware has exploded in the past five years to unprecedented levels. More troublingly, they anticipate seeing over 60 million new pieces of malicious software by the end of the year.

Andreas Marx, CEO of AV-Test, told SecurityWatch that his company has been compiling malware samples since 1984. Their database had humble beginnings: just 12 samples of malicious software. By 2003 there were over a million and nearly ten million by 2008. But by the beginning of this year, the number had jumped to 104,437,337 unique samples.
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01 Jun 2013   #2

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The growing number of possible forms of malicious software could be due to the fact, that PCs and the Internet is becoming more and more popular daily, with the detection methods and programs becoming increasingly more reliable than before.
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I would never go on the Net with protection.
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01 Jun 2013   #4
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gary View Post
I would never go on the Net with protection.
Are you missing the word "without". We could go down lots of different avenues here.
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03 Jun 2013   #5

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I think one of the new problems is the new thing that is becoming so popular, tablets.
In my opinion many if not most are bought by those that have no knowledge or want to have the knowledge of security when on line. All they want is to poke and go.
This will bring hackers great joy.
The poke and go crowd will spread infection like wild fires is souther California on a windy day.
All they know or want to know is if they poke here they get Facebook and if they poke here they get their girl friend taking a bath in a saved video. They have no idea that their girl friend taking a bath is all over the net in a few seconds. All she know is that all the other students are giggling when she goes by.
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04 Jun 2013   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I think one of the new problems is the new thing that is becoming so popular, tablets.
In my opinion many if not most are bought by those that have no knowledge or want to have the knowledge of security when on line. All they want is to poke and go.
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05 Jun 2013   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I think one of the new problems is the new thing that is becoming so popular, tablets.
In my opinion many if not most are bought by those that have no knowledge or want to have the knowledge of security when on line. All they want is to poke and go.
I tend to disagree... Most of the tablets are "walled garden" that prevents app installation that comes from outside of the app store. The Android tablets are different, where any apps can be installed from outside of the standard "app store". Google is trying to change that and their platform may become like Apple's walled garden.

I tend to agree with BlueRobot:
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The growing number of possible forms of malicious software could be due to the fact, that PCs and the Internet is becoming more and more popular daily, with the detection methods and programs becoming increasingly more reliable than before.
Although the detection methods isn't really happening on the client side, the A/V is just as inefficient as it's been five years ego. It's on the Internet side, where number of solutions monitor for malware traffic. Their statistics may or may not be accurate as far as the number of yearly malware is concerned. Quote from the article referenced:
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"Malware is getting 'personal,'" Marx explained to SecurityWatch. "Instead of sending 100,000 users the identical malware sample, a malware writer generates 10,000 unique samples for 10 users each or even 100,000 completely unique samples." By doing so, malware creators hope to sidestep security software by making the new malware just different enough to pass by unnoticed.
So, the single malware might be counted 100,000 times in the worst case scenario; sort of questions the validity of the 60 billion malware for 2013 claim...
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