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Bernd Fix moved a computer virus into the wild in 1987. At the end of 1990, there were a number of antivirus products.
BitDefender has created this wonderful and very informative Infographic on the chronology and history of computer viruses since 1970. The history of malware is rich in incidents that have allowed viruses to pass from innocent farces to advanced military weapons.
If you want to learn more about the growth of malware over time, download this white paper on BitDefender’s malware history in PDF format. Microsoft also has a lot of information about malware development and malware trends. You might also like to see this interesting information graph called Malware Hall of Shame.
Ransomware, malware, rootkits, botnets, RATs, malvertising, phishing, drive-by-download attacks, online identity theft, are now all here to stay. New technologies that have emerged or are emerging, including but not limited to BYOD and the Internet of Things, are under attack. Malware has also begun to focus on social media. While good security software helps you stay protected, it is equally important to adopt safe Internet and browser practices.