Want to know the life expectancy for malware?

Half of all malware apps die off within 24 hours of deployment, according to new research from Panda Security.


Thevendor said about 37,000 new viruses, worms, and Trojans pop up on theWeb every day. But after 24 hours, on average, 19,000 of these threatswill become inactive and replaced by new attack vectors.


In its press release, Panda called this a “never-ending race” that the “hackers are still winning.”


But I think this is being a little dramatic.


Sure,hackers are constantly making changes to the way they attack us andthis new research definitely underscores the high turnover rate for avirus nowadays.


Still,how many of these “new” threats are any different from the last batch.Panda’s theory that the high turnover rate is leading to new threatscertainly sheds light on the size of today’s malware industry, but itshould not be cause for any more alarm than that.


Ifserious new threats popped up every 24 hours, the Internet would bevirtually unusable. These new threats are more akin to small patches.


Over time they might lead to new threats, but certainly not after 24 hours.

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