Thursday, June 15, 2006

60% Infection Rates for PCs?

The headlines scream that figure out.

Microsoft scanned 270 million PCs from January 2005 thru March 2006 and found malicious software on 5.7 million of them.

Now, I am not a rocket scientist, actually, I am, but my math, being fuzzy after all these years in IT does not compute that to be 60%.

However, that is a whole lot of PCs carrying a malicious payload.

Trip this: some of those same PCs were re-infected with completely new malware after an initial disinfection, some many more times.

Reminds me of a couple of old saws from back in Nigeria, one of them from Uromi: a dog which runs out into the street without heeding its owner’s calls is looking to get hit by a car; and a Yoruba saying: the person looking to die generally finds someone looking to kill him/her.

Moral: no matter what you do, or what OS is in place, some ‘Net users will always be victimized as a result of their stupidity!

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