Rise of Malicious Software and Increasing Privacy Concerns – TwC Interactive Timeline Part 2

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Continuing the Interactive Timeline series outlining some of the seminal events that have occurred over the last decade, this post looks at more of the key events that shaped the early Millennium, helping to create the perfect storm. 

Rise of Malicious Software

Rise of Malicious SoftwareIn 1991, about 1,000 computer viruses existed worldwide. Malicious software became known to many computer users through the widespread infections caused by the email-based Melissa (1999) and ILOVEYOU (2000) viruses. By 2001, there were approximately 60,000 computer viruses known to exist. Code Red and Nimda were two of the better known pieces of malware at that time.

Increasing Privacy Concerns

Increasing Privacy ConcernsWith ever-increasing use of the Internet and the proliferation of online services, the challenge of protecting privacy has become more critical. The rise of company privacy policies and practices helped define how customer information will be maintained, shared and stored.  


Resources and links

o Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC)

o MMPC Blog

o Microsoft Security Intelligence Report

o Microsoft Security Blog

o Microsoft Privacy

o Microsoft Safety and Security Center

o Microsoft Privacy and Safety Blog

o Part 1: Growth of Home PC’s and Internet Use Expansion – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 3: TwC Memo, SDL and XP SP2 – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 4: Software Update Validation Program and Microsoft Malware Protection Center Establishment – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 5: Security Research Community and BlueHat Prize Inception – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 6: Online Safety: “Protect Your PC” and Stop. Think. Connect. – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 7: Microsoft Active Protections Program and Battling Botnets – TwC Interactive Timeline

o Part 8: Proliferation of Devices & Applications and Government & Cybersecurity – TwC Interactive Timeline


You can view the full Interactive Timeline here.