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One third of malware was created in 2010

In the first 10 months of 2010, 20 million new computer threats emerged, which corresponds to a number equal to that recorded throughout 2009, says Panda, in a comparative analysis now released.

The average number of new computer threats recorded each day grew by 14.5 percent, according to the company’s study, which includes both new types of malware as new variants of existing threats.

From January to October, a third (34%) of the malware currently in circulation, at a time when the computer security company identifies, on average, the existence of 63 thousand new types (or families) of threats per day. According to Panda’s labs, the daily average of new threats was 55,000 last year.

The graph provided by the company, which we reproduce below, shows the evolution of the number of threats in recent years.

Panda graphic

In a scenario where the number of threats now multiplies much more quickly, it should also be noted that these are, however, much less “resistant”. According to the company, the average lifespan of most malware (54%) is now less than 24 hours, in previous years it was usually “several months”.

This limited duration and the existence of many variants of malware also represents a change in the cybercrime landscape, experts add. Much of the software is now created to affect only a few systems and then disappear.

Editor’s Note: The news was changed to make it clearer in the indication of the data to which the graph refers.