March 21st, 2005, 07:13 PM
Virus writers follow the money
Virus writers without morals, who would have thought?
More than half of recent major Internet threats try to harvest personal information, a sign that financial gain is behind the attacks, according to a Symantec study.
Identity theft features were found in 54 percent of the top 50 malicious codes detected between July and December last year, the security company said in a report released Monday. That marks an increase on the 36 percent found during the same period in 2003.
\"You got a mouth like an outboard motor..all the time putt putt putt\" - Foghorn Leghorn
March 21st, 2005, 08:46 PM
wait you mean the people who do this are in it for the money? huh, wish I would have thought of that. /sarcasm
March 21st, 2005, 10:11 PM
Re: Virus writers follow the money
Perhaps financial gain is behind the study?
More than half of recent major Internet threats try to harvest personal information, a sign that financial gain is behind the attacks, according to a Symantec
N00b> STFU i r teh 1337 (english: You must be mistaken, good sir or madam. I believe myself to be quite a good player. On an unrelated matter, I also apparently enjoy math.)
March 22nd, 2005, 03:05 AM
- Then, Symantec and all other AV companies could be considered using same infant technology or the approach otherwise.
"Most of the technology today is in its infancy,"
- Let's set aside financial gain for a moment, what else could be the motive of VIRI writers? It's like book authors, first, the inspiration thing, hobby, some money, then Best Seller! Both of them gain all of it when became mature enough compared to what's preventing them.
We are talking about security here yet the proponents of security sometimes tell things that they are ready only when needed to be ready. It's like a "the time will come" thing. Why not now? Yes not everything is full-proof! And perhaps we will go on talking barriers again, and going to discuss again about limitations. Technology Providers should think twice about deploying their infant ideas.
- Yet most of these Web servers will be kept unpatched/unsecured eventhough the BIG WARNING is there. I guess that's the way business is all about, it is always about the "cause", no cause, no business.
"Attacks are increasingly focusing on the Web server, which is one of the few things exposed externally," Friedrichs said, referring to the server's placement outside the network wall.
My 0.02 on this.
March 22nd, 2005, 04:13 AM
Geez...... you mean they ain't writing it out of the goodness of their heart....??!!
And here I was thinking otherwise... Shame on them, by golly!
Uhh.... so they could write Antivirus software and create a big industry?!
- Let's set aside financial gain for a moment, what else could be the motive of VIRI writers?
(Now who hasn't had "that" idea passing through their minds?....raise your hands now)
(looks around the room) So... I see no hands raised, (turns) Your Honor, I rest my case.
Beta tester of "0"s and "1"s"
March 22nd, 2005, 05:29 AM
- I am pertaining to the trend if that is what you ask about.
"This represents a clear trend that attackers have gone from seeking fame to seeking fortune
March 22nd, 2005, 06:08 AM
OK, sorry for answering in a hurry.
Hereís my 0.02 to clarify things:
- I mean before jumping to the final conclusion about financial gain, letís see the steps of such thinking, something like an evolution of virus writers thinking. At first, old virus writers do it for inspiration thing, hobby, and some money. I had compared it to writers in a way that the books become popular in a given period of time. When the book gets the credit of BEST SELLER, in a way, it had gone from seeking fame to seeking fortune. Itís uncontrollable anymore. Maybe I should pertain to the Publisherís REAL aim (most of the time is to sell). The same with virus writers, there are BIG groups involved in here who aims for the $.
- Let's set aside financial gain for a moment
- About Antivirus companies, yes it is becoming a BIG industry (thatís why M$ is aiming for one) since everyday there is ďcauseĒ for business. Feasibility, that is. Why engage in a business without expecting any profit? Even an individual would not do it without gain, right? -For the business side of course. But for the GOOD-OLD reasons, we could just think of it like FOR THE BETTERMENT of the COMPUTER WORLD.
so they could write Antivirus software and create a big industry?!
I hope I made my point clear.