Malware Volumes Grow 60% in First Half of 2011, Says Sophos

Tuesday Aug 2nd 2011 by Staff

The security firm says it finds 150,000 new pieces of malware every day, or roughly one every 30 seconds.

Computer Weekly: Security vendor Sophos says that it identifies an average of 150,000 new strains of malware every day, or roughly one every thirty seconds. According to the company's Mid-Year 2011 Security Threat Report, malware attacks have increased about 60 percent year-over-year. The report singles out search engine poisoning and social media threats as some of the most dangerous threats on the Web.

"2011 has seen a continued massive increase in the volume of malware in which the Web is the dominant vector for both targeted and mass-scale attacks," said Mark Harris, vice president of SophosLabs.

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