Security Threats Double in less Than 2 Years
| by Sharon Khare |
|Security firm McAfee has announced a significant milestone in the growth of malicious threats faced by businesses and individual users. McAfee Avert Labs, which added the 100,000th threat to its database in September 2004, officially released protection this week for the 200,000th threat in its database - demonstrating a 60% decrease in the amount of time it took to double the number of threats in the database since September 2004. "It's remarkable to note that it took 18 years for our database to reach 100,000 malicious threats - and just under two years to double to 200,000," said Stuart McClure, senior vice president, global research and threats at McAfee. "Although security awareness continues to prove, hackers and malicious code authors are releasing threats faster than ever before, with approximately 200% more malicious threats per day than two years ago." While bots are still the leading cause of this dramatic growth, exploits and downloaders are a close second. Email threats, which made up a large percentage of the number of threats in 2004, saw significantly smaller growth over the last two years when compared to other categories of malware. In 2004, McAfee added 27,340 new threats to its database. In 2005, it added 56,880 new threats. Since January 1, 2006, McAfee has added approximately 32,000 new threats to its database and is on track to exceed 60,000 new threats by the end of this year. Given current trends, McAfee expects the 400,000th threat to be identified in less than two years.|
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