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Small Antivirus Companies Snowed Down by Malware Attacks

The Chief Executive and the President of Sunbelt Software, an antivirus company, Alex Eckelberry, said in a blog on January 24, 2008 that enormous quantity of malware that exists in the network is making small antivirus companies to face a tough time in handling the problems. The statement was published, as published by zdnetasia.com on January 28, 2008.

Eckelberry further added that as the programmers designing the malware are exceptionally good, the small enterprise working with a small team on the anti-spyware or antivirus product are of no use. It is impossible for a smaller team to win over malware attack, therefore, a big task force is needed to fight the battle against malware.

Eckelberry gave an account on various malware samples, unique in their kinds, along with its variants. The malware sample and its variants rose to 5,490,960 in 2007 from a small figure of 564 in 1986. In the beginning of the year 2006, the unique samples of malware were restricted under a million, but it quintupled in the later part of the year 2007. Eckelberry further added that some samples are varieties of the same malware piece.

The increasing rise in malware has caused a huge profit margin, as for example, a Trojan virus is amended and altered repetitively to create another one to trick anti-malware software. This practice is becoming a huge burden for all the security professionals working for smaller security firm.

Eckelberry said that they are handing gigabytes of malevolent pieces on a regular basis. Though Alex confirmed that their automated anti-malware systems, such as Sandbox, help a lot, but he also agreed that manpower plays a significant role in winning over the problem.

The Chief Research Officer for antivirus company F-Secure, Mikko Hypponen, also agreed on the increasing amount of malware attack, as reported by zdnetasia.com on January 28, 2008. Hypponen further said that the number of malware has increased up to an enormous amount and they are receiving around 17,000 malware samples every day. He further agreed that it will become tougher for the smaller security companies to control these uncontrollable malware, unless they become smarter.

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