Malware News: Number Of Malware On Decline While Complexity Of Attacks Increase

International Business Times 

While reports of new malware attacks happen every day, the number of new malware samples detected in the wild over the course of the last year actually decreased, according to a recent report. A decline in the amount of malware strains may sound like an improvement, but the data--shared in the annual AV-Test Security Report published by the IT-Security Institute--isn't all good news. The malware that does persist is more sophisticated than ever. The AV-Test data counted 127.5 million malware samples in 2016, nearly 12 million fewer than the 144 million samples discovered over the course of 2015--14 percent decline in year-over-year detection. Unfortunately, that drop off was coming down from a previous record-high figure for malware detection.

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