How time flies when you’re counting viruses

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

My recent blog post about AV-Test.org now counting more than 22 million pieces of malware in its collection, caused some Clu-blog readers to remember “the good old days”.

One person who got in touch was Mike Hill who – way back in the mists of time – was my boss when I worked at S&S International (later to be known as Dr Solomon’s Software).

Mike reminded me that the Dr Solly’s marketing department produced a commemorative clock to recognise the discovery of the 10,000th virus. In fact, he still has one on his desk which he was kind enough to photograph for me.

Back in October 1996 when we gave the clock away, 10,000 viruses seemed like a really big deal. Now, by about lunchtime, we’ve seen…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.