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  • Cimpanu: Most significant security events of the 2010s

    Posted on December 6th, 2019 at 05:33 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Catalin Cimpanu on ZDNet has a fascinating article detailing the “most important data breaches, cyber-attacks, and malware strains of the last decade” — a lengthy list of malware milestones.

    Something struck me as I was reading the list. I couldn’t find one, single piece of Windows-based malware that appeared soon after Microsoft posted a related cumulative update. Not one.

    I know — and a Microsoft study backs me up — that, in recent years, the chances of getting infected shortly after a security patch appears is very tiny. But I didn’t realize that the pattern has held true for a decade.

    Can you prove me wrong? Is there any significant piece of malware in the past decade that appeared shortly after the related cumulative update? For sake of argument, let’s say “shortly” = 3 weeks or so. If you can find one, I’d sure like to hear about it.