Posted by: h4ck@lyst | April 11, 2008

Computer viruses hit one million

The number of viruses, worms and trojans in circulation has topped the one million mark.

The new high for malicious programs was revealed by security firm Symantec in the latest edition of its bi-annual Internet Security Threat Report.

The vast majority of these programs have been created in the last twelve months, said Symantec.

Cyber criminals pump out malware to fool anti-virus programs which look for characteristics they have already seen.

Money game

The latest edition of the Symantec report covers the second half of 2007 during which time the security firm detected 499,811 new malicious code threats. This figure was up 136% on the first six months of 2007.

Throughout 2007 Symantec detected more than 711,912 novel threats which brings the total number of malicious programs that the security firm’s anti-virus programs detect to 1,122,311.

Read more at the following link.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7340315.stm

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Responses

  1. It is very nice of you to re-post already-published news stories, but if you visit this page, http://www.bbc.co.uk/terms/ and look at no.4, Intellectual Property,

    “You may not copy, reproduce, republish, disassemble, decompile, reverse engineer, download, post, broadcast, transmit, make available to the public, or otherwise use bbc.co.uk content in any way except for your own personal, non-commercial use. You also agree not to adapt, alter or create a derivative work from any bbc.co.uk content except for your own personal, non-commercial use. Any other use of bbc.co.uk content requires the prior written permission of the BBC.”

    What this means is that you simply cannot repost it without their prior permission.

    Instead, what you can do is post the first few paras and then link to the original. This is allowed as ‘commentary’. This is the normal industry standard in crediting original work. Have a look at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/04/07/barry-bearak-emnew-york-t_n_95454.html

    as an example.

  2. Thanks for bringing it to my notice. I ve contacted the BBC to do the needful. In the meanwhile, I hope the partially edited content fulfills the BBC terms and conditions.


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