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How long does malware last "in the wild"?

You might be misunderstanding how infections work. There aren't specialised "infectors" that look for specific targets (i.e. Win2k infectors looking for Win2k targets). Rather, infectors ...
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How long does malware last "in the wild"?

One can easily be surprised of how many systems there are out there that are still vulnerable to old exploits that have long since had patches available. Some exploits require some manual work and it ...
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How long does malware last "in the wild"?

Focusing on one aspect of your question: Are there threat actors still maintaining large botnets of Windows 2000 machines simply to infect more 2000 machines? Even if the original vulnerability was ...
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How long does malware last "in the wild"?

Like natural viruses, the affinity of malware lasts as long as there is no "immunity". It's why a lot of antivirus programs are becoming resource hogs. They need to reference bigger and ...
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Backdoor:PHP/Webshell.O virus detected in an uploaded image file. Should I be worried? How can I prevent it?

Yes, you should be worried. Depending on how exactly the web server is configured, an attacker may be able to trick it into executing code embedded in images, e.g., with a PATH_INFO attack or with a ...
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