McAfee expects 400,000 viruses by 2008

“Thank you for helping mark the 200,000th entry into the VirusScan malware (malevolent software) detection database,” Jimmy Kuo writes for McAfee Avert Labs Blog.

“We mark this moment simply as a milestone in our continual trip to fend off the bad stuff from everyone’s machines,” Kuo writes. “It is alarming that we reach this milestone so soon after September 2004 when the count reached 100,000. Eighteen years to reach 100,000. Less than two years to double. Looking ahead, our researchers expect yet another doubling in a similar timeframe. So, 100,000 new threats in the past two years, 200,000 new threats to come in the next two years!”

“Thanks also to the cadre of dedicated anti-malware researchers who on this day added that 200,000th malware detection entry, so we may pursue our enjoyment of the Internet experience with a little less worry,” Kuo writes.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: What worry? Oh, sorry, we use Macs. Happy 200,000th!

From Apple eNews, June 1, 2006:

It’s really sad that so many people have to be wary about opening email, visiting websites, chatting with presumed “buddies,” or downloading music, photos, movies or other files over the Internet.

No one should have to zealously guard their computers against spyware, viruses, trojan horses, or various other types of malware. Or run a bewildering assortment of (quickly obsolete) virus-protection apps. And no one should have to run a computer to a nearby computer store, so it can be “cleaned” on a routine basis.

Do you know why people put up with that? If their cars didn’t drive where they wanted to go; their TVs didn’t play what they wanted to watch; or their phones didn’t connect to the party they called, how long would they keep using them?

Apple provides more info online about Mac’s lack of viruses here.

By the end of 2005, there were 114,000 known viruses for PCs. In March 2006 alone, there were 850 new threats detected against Windows. Zero for Mac. While no computer connected to the Internet will ever be 100% immune from attack, Mac OS X has helped the Mac keep its clean bill of health with a superior UNIX foundation and security features that go above and beyond the norm for PCs. When you get a Mac, only your enthusiasm is contagious. – Apple’s “114,000 viruses? Not on a Mac.” webpage.

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  1. A Trojan is in the Virus family, so technically OSX has had two (2) viruses.

    Definition of Trojan Horse from Websters Dictionary Student Edition (hardcover) 2005:

    – A Trojan Horse is a malicious, security-breaking program that is disguised as something benign, such as a game or even a program to search and destroy viruses! A Trojan is a type of virus which normally requires a user to perform some action before the payload can be activated.

  2. Ok folks, update the propoganda material to 200,000 pieces of malware for Windows PC’s

    Bookmark that link.


    Microsoft employees leaving in droves, Bill Gates retired, the spark is dead there, Ballmer trimming staff down.

    Apple is growing, needs more buildings, putting up more stores, aligned themselves with largest chipmaker

    When your green your growing, when your ripe, your rotting.

    I think Bill Gates is going to give the keys to the computing world over to Steve Jobs, it’s painfully obvious now.

    Steve is busy building the infastructure for world domination, grabbing all the best retail locations.

    Out with the old and in with the new.

  3. So, what does it say about a person that puts up with that type of software abuse? I mean come on.

    If there is a viable alternative what does it say about a group of people and humans as a whole that refuse to stop using something as pathetic as Microsoft Windows?

    It’s like an abusive relationship. The beaten wife says, “He’s a good man, I can make him better”.

    I say – Why wait?

  4. Wandering Joe,

    There are many types of viruses, a Trojan is one type. I’ll post it again, straight from Webster Dictionary student edition 2005:

    A Trojan is a type of virus which normally requires a user to perform some action before the payload can be activated.

  5. Hey Webster Dumbkopf:

    What’s it like to be, you know . . . WRONG?!?

    The “dictionary” is not the REAL WORLD, idiot. Much less your stupid, almost meaningless “Webster” dictionary. And a “student” version at that!

    Get real. The commonly accepted, real world understanding of the definition of a computer virus is something malicious that spreads by itself.

    Book smarts versus street smarts. Look into it.

  6. Tom Cruise’s meatus,

    As in the real world, a Virus is not defined by how it is contracted. A Virus is defined by what it does, whether it be to a human’s immune system or a computers data.

    In the real world, a Virus can be contracted in different ways, through blood, saliva, food, etc.. etc.. In the computer world, a Virus can also be contracted many different ways, through the internet, email or by simply clicking on the wrong file. It doesn’t change the fact that it is still a VIRUS. Get used to the fact that there are two types of Viruses known as Trojans for OSX.

    I’m just stating the facts, accept it and move on.

  7. Malware is malware

    It compromises the security of your computer despite the name or tricks involved.

    It only takes one successful exploit to root a Mac OS X box.

    Most people do not erase and install the operating system upon learning of a exploit, they assume they haven’t been compromised and just apply the patch.

    Right now there are several exploits on Mac OS X that haven’t been fixed.

    Sure there are 200,000 pieces of Windows malware out there, which of course makes Mac OS X look like a angel in comparison. But in actuality all the hackers have to do is use one of the few publicly known Mac OS X exploits out there and they are in our boxes just like any Windows box.

    The unix basis for Mac OS X is relatively secure, it’s the botched security GUI on top that’s causing all the problems.

    Why did Apple mess with Unix and create launchd? Now it’s exploitable.

  8. Think,

    I’m not denying that the Oompa Loompa was a Trojan that required user interaction. I’m saying that a Trojan is a TYPE OF VIRUS.

    Much like the HIV virus requires the exchange of bodily fluids before it can infect.

    A Virus is not defined by how it is spread! There are thousands of Viruses, some require user interaction some don’t.

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