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AV-TEST Maps Dramatic Increase In Malware

System already recording more than 20 million samples of new malware since January
Magdeburg, Germany, 23rd May 2013. The AV-TEST database used to record current malware is now working flat out, with the system already recording over 20 million samples of new malware between January and the beginning of May.

The database has been recording newly identified pieces of malware since as early as 1984. It broke through the one million mark for the first time at the beginning of 2003 and by 2008, just five years later, had already recorded over 9 million viruses, Trojans and other pieces of malware. At the beginning of 2013, the rapid growth in widespread malware even caused the database to extend past the 100 million mark.