AV-Test.org’s malware count exceeds 22 million

The folks at the independent anti-virus testing body AV-Test.org have been in touch with some interesting statistics.

They are finding more than one million unique malware samples a month, and presently the total amount of unique samples in their malware collection exceeds 22 million.

That will probably seem pretty jaw-dropping to some of you, especially when you consider that that’s almost double what it was a year ago.

Of course, the vast majority of this collection are minor variants of existing malware. Hackers have effectively created a “conveyor belt of crime”, churning out new versions of their malicious software in the hope that it will slip past anti-virus defences.

Whereas in the past, virus writers could spend months honing their malware with the aim that no security product would be able to detect it,…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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