Antimalware Day: The evolution of malicious code over time

Since 2017, on November 3 is celebrated Antimalware day. A date established by ESET and which aims to highlight the work done by researchers in the field of information security and industry in general.

The election of the date also aims to pay homage to those who coined the term “Computer virus” (1893). They are: Frederick Cohen, a California engineering student who created a malicious code, and his teacher, Leonard Conleman, who decided to call the malicious code as a computer virus.

In addition, the celebration of this date pretends to be a tool for remembering the importance of protection and education in the field of security, in a world where technology has a predominant role and is present in almost everything around us.

The evolution of malicious code and the importance that is acquiring computer security, is clearly reflected in the latest ESET security report developed by ESET Latin America; Where it is emphasized that the main concern for the organizations is the ransomware; a malicious code whose most common form of operation is kidnapping information from the victim and then asking for a ransom. In turn, it has been found that small and large companies devote more and more budgets and resources to alleviate possible security incidents.

It should also be noted that the threats are constantly evolving-with around 300,000 new variants detected by the ESET laboratories worldwide-, they diversify-affecting almost all the platforms used-, and become more complex -Modifying the methods of propagation and functionalities of the malware.

Throughout the month of November, ESET will take advantage of important celebrations such as Antimalware Day and international Security Day-which is celebrated on November 30th-by posting every Monday in November an article in which some of The most remembered computer threats of every decade and that are part of the history of security.