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Number of computer viruses tops one million

The number of computer viruses in circulation has reached one million for the first time, according to a report by a leading security firm.

Symantec said that just over 711,000 new viruses were identified in the past year - an increase of 468 per cent on the number identified in the previous year.

The US was still by far the greatest contributor to the pool of malicious software infecting the world's computers, accounting for 24 per cent of such activity. Madrid, meanwhile, was the city with the highest number of so-called 'zombie' computers - machines that have been co-opted into performing particular tasks by criminals based elsewhere.

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