Nov 18 2008
The newest computer virus stats from Rising Anti-Virus, taken from Jan-Nov of 2008, show a 12.16% increase over the the same time period last year. Rising intercepted over nine million new virus samples with 83.4% of the sample comprised of trojans (5,903,695 samples) and back door viruses (1,863,722 samples). The majority of these viruses were used by hackers to steal virtual property.
While the section of the article I read doesn’t mention it, my guess is that these are third quarter results. If you compare the current chart with 2007, it only shows a 9.86% increase to date. So, keep in mind I’m a linguist, 2007 probably covered the whole year while the 2008 number only covered the first three quarters from Jan-Nov.
The pie chart above gives totals for 2008 as coming from 64% trojans, 20% back door viruses, 12% other viruses and 4% worms.
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