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Re: 491.2 million systems infected with malware in 2009

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____/ nessuno on Tuesday 22 Dec 2009 15:08 : \____

> On Dec 22, 2:25 am, High Plains Thumper
> <highplainsthum...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> nessuno wrote:
>> > <Quote> Trend Micro World Virus Tracking Center (WTC) recorded that
>> > 253.4 million systems were infected with malware. The comparable
>> > volume for 2009 is almost double at 491.2 million....
>> > With more than a million new samples being seen every month, itâs
>> > likely that the overall number of unique samples will grow beyond 30
>> > million. That should clearly illustrate the scale of the malware
>> > threat. </Quote>
>> >http://blog.trendmicro.com/1h-2009-malware-threat-grows-ever-larger/
>> > Half a billion.  That must be about 50% of all systems.
>> People are getting tired of it.  Those who have had their personal
>> information, credit cards and bank accounts compromised because of a
>> compromised Windows system through spyware, virus have become firm
>> believers in other operating systems.
>> A contributing factor to Linux and Mac on the up-scale.
>> --
>> HPT
> I used to joke that Microsoft had made great improvements in security
> since 7 or 8 years ago when the entire internet was practically
> brought to its knees by Windows malware.  Had they not done so, then
> all of the billiion odd Windows machines in the world would be zombies
> instead of only half of them.
> Now I find out that that is about right:  half a billion Windows
> machines infected with malware.

Vint Cerf ad Mr. Geer, both of whom are highly repeated individuals, also estimated it
to be somewhere around hundreds of millions 2-3 years ago.

In 2008, a security firm said that almost half of all PCs (Windows) are zombies. It said 40%.

A few months ago, Microsoft itself claimed a third (of those machines which it scanned).

The above numbers make sense and they are realistic.

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