IT security got better in 2005

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An interesting thing happened last year: It appears that 2005 wasn't worse securitywise than the previous years. Sure, malware and hackers were as crazy as ever, but when I asked many of my computer security friends if 2005 was better or worse than previous years, every one of them said it was better. Granted, our survey is far from a scientific poll, but the collective responses were surprising nonetheless.

So, in a year when Windows rootkits went mainstream and malware went criminal, what's to brag about?

Probably the most significant event was the lack of a global crisis -- you know, a Slammer- or Blaster-style worm that infects the world in eight minutes. There was no malware with a replication magnitude on the order of Code Red, Slammer, Nimda, or the Iloveyou virus. With the notable exception of PHP worms, even the Linux side had fewer popular viruses and worms this year.

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