About 115 million malware present in Security researchers’ databases, new virus variants are discovered every second
According to a new study, an average four to five new virus variants are discovered every second over the past year and a surprising comeback of reproducing Windows-based viruses is recorded by the researchers.
It was also found that more than 99 percent of mobile malware are targeted at the Android platform and the mobile samples have grown to more than 16 million from a handful in the past 3-4 years. IT security firm AV-Test have released these figures recently.
The company also stated, “In addition to ever more elaborate malware, in the area of ransomware, for example, the sheer mass of malware being churned out continuously underscores the purely profit-oriented efforts of professionally organized online criminals.”
It also added, “Business is the main impetus in the development of new Internet threats for all existing device platforms,” confirming the profit motive behind created and distribution of such malwares in the computer and mobile devices.
So far, this year, Security researchers have added more than 115 million malware samples to the company’s database, with the new additions of four to five variants per second.Worms made up more than one-third of Windows malware last year, followed by viruses and Trojans, which include banking malware and ransomware.
Both viruses and Worms in order to attack other computersreproduce themselves on infected systems, viruses attach themselves to and modify other programs and whereas worms operate independently.
Trojans on the other hand don’t reproduce, rather only attempt to carry out a single infection, which may spread across a number of networked systems, which is sometimes also the case in ransomware attacks.
AV-Test also informed that mobile and desktop users can protect their systems with security products, which according to them generally keep pace with malware development in an “ever-accelerating game of cat and mouse”.