The history of malware samples in numbers
Virus Bulletin came up with some interesting historical facts. In 1989, when the very first Virus Bulletin rolled off the press (produced in a black-and-white, printed pamphlet style), there was only one subscriber and there were only 14 viruses known for the IBM PC. Five years on in 1994 there were over 3,000 viruses known to researchers, and here are the approximate numbers from there on out.
These numbers are an aggregate from several sources like AV-test, and antivirus vendors like Symantec, Sophos and Avast. As you can see this is exponential. New malware strains are created on an industrial scale at about 1,000,000 a week now. No wonder that traditional antivirus can't keep up anymore and that it's time to "do a 180" and use a whole new way to protect workstations...
2014 130,000,000 est
Here is the graph
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