So I just keep running 32-bit XP, right?
The volume of 64-bit malware in the wild remains low even though computers running 64-bit operating systems became ubiquitous years ago. The vast majority (93 per cent) of new computers sold worldwide operate on 64-bit Windows but most nasties were written to infect 32-bit systems, according to a new study by security firm …
Wednesday 24th May 2017 15:42 GMT hellwig
Wednesday 24th May 2017 16:59 GMT Anonymous Coward
Wednesday 24th May 2017 17:00 GMT Pascal Monett
"Linux and macOS systems are also potentially at risk"
Yes, objectively they are.
However, those being systems built on a strong foundation that includes security from the get-go, I seriously doubt that they will be submitted to the same havoc Windows systems have been in the past.
Of course, there is no defense against a user who knows the root password and blindly clicks YES on everything . . .
Wednesday 24th May 2017 20:03 GMT njtrout
Older research on this issue
I recommend that you go back (way back) to research done by Sarah Gordon on why early on viruses only appeared on DOS machine and not Windows machines. The Wired article is pretty good as are her other papers.
Check her Wikipedia page for the references; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Gordon