Virus Numbers Growth Down in 2001
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Thursday, 24th January 2002 - According to mi2g software the number
of new virus species seen in 2001 was 245 - down from the 413 recorded in
At the same time, though, the IT security consultancy reports that global
software vulnerabilities reported by CERT have increased by 124 percent from
1,090 in 2000 to 2,437 in 2001. The London-based company says that as virus
writers, disgruntled employees and hacktivists exploited new software vulnerabilities
so corporations were having to patch up their systems.
Where mi2g has been able to trace and compare the origins of the various
virus species, it has found that Europe has led the world in the development
of 57 percent of them, with 21 percent of them having been originated in eastern
Europe, which includes Russia. North America, meanwhile, only accounted for
17 percent, followed by the Far East with 13 percent.