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Number of new computer viruses at record high

Sep 13, 2010, 16:04 (0 Talkback[s])

"Most of us use internet-based social networks such as Facebook or LinkedIn. However, this enormous popularity also attracts cyber criminals, who in turn are using such networks to attack us. The perpetrators use purpose made computer viruses to gain access to personal data of network users. But apart from this, G Data has noted a general increase in malware this year: the number of new computer viruses has already reached a new record for the first half of 2010, with 1,017,208 malware programs. This represents an increase of 50 percent compared to last year. Experts at G Data SecurityLabs are predicting a record total of over two million new malware programs for 2010 as a whole.

""The current numbers are alarming. The malware industry has published nearly four new viruses per minute in the first half of the year. We expect the two million barrier to be broken in the second half of the year," says Eddy Willems, G Data's Security Evangelist."

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