Security firm: 38-percent of malware already Windows Vista-compatible

“Malware writers faster in developing code than security industry, claims expert,” Rene Millman reports for ITPro.

Millman reports, “Malware writers appear to be much further along in developing malware for Vista than the security industry is in making products to protect the new operating system.”

Millman reports, “Speaking exclusively to IT PRO, Tim Eades, senior vice-president of sales at security company Sana Security said that 38 percent of malware is already Vista-compatible. ‘Malware writers have gone through the WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) list to make sure that their code works on new machines,’ he said. ‘They have managed to port code to Vista quicker than the security industry.’ The WHQL list defines hardware that is compatible with the Windows operating system.”

Full article here.

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53 Comments

  1. With technologies like User Account Control and Protected Mode IE, malware won’t infect a Windows Vista system unless the user ALLOWS it to be installed. Vista is going to be a lot more secure than XP by default, and we’ll see malware rates drop because of it.

    Once Macs become popular, we’ll see more social engineering attempts at them, because who wants to try and infect a small portion? No one.

    We’ve seen this in Firefox. When it wasn’t popular, people were saying it was so much better than IE. Now that it’s popular, we’ve seen more holes in it than IE. Just check Mozilla for proof:

    http://www.mozilla.org/security/announce/
    http://www.mozilla.org/projects/security/known-vulnerabilities.html

    Deal with it Macheads. There will be severe attacks on Macs when they get popular. Stop kidding yourselves.

  2. “I really need to get into simply charging everyone I know with Windows $10 per person per session to clean their machine.”

    10$ ???

    Are you serious.? Make em throw down a 50 spot for you to do that. I bet there would still be plenty of takers.

    MW fear. how appropriate.

  3. “Once Macs become popular, we’ll see more social engineering attempts at them, because who wants to try and infect a small portion? No one.”

    I switched to a Mac four blissful years ago. Is there some reason that I would need to know why I haven’t had ANY security/malware issues? I didn’t think so.

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