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Author Topic: Malware writers now number one software makers  (Read 3122 times)

PhilB66

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Malware writers now number one software makers
« on: April 09, 2008, 06:51:47 AM »
"Malware now makes up the majority of all new applications: 65 percent of the 54,609 applications developed and released to the public for Windows-based PCs in the past six months were malicious, according to Symantec's latest threat report". (Read on Donna's blog but forgot to copy the link, sorry)

http://www.zdnet.com...744,339288003,00.htm

Okay, found it. It's Donna's SecurityFlash - PC & Internet Security Blog
« Last Edit: April 09, 2008, 06:59:04 AM by PhilB66 »

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Re: Malware writers now number one software makers
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2008, 09:23:51 AM »
I wonder if all the antivirus false positives are affecting those statistics.  :-\

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Re: Malware writers now number one software makers
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2008, 09:43:05 AM »
Symantec is the biggest "false positive" here.

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Re: Malware writers now number one software makers
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2008, 09:49:58 AM »
HA! Yet another validation of why the fanboyz really piss me off:

Web browser Mozilla Firefox was also found to have contained more vulnerabilities than Internet Explorer in the report.

FF is not more secure that IE all the time like the fanboyz claim.

Ok -- rant over now.

But back on topic, it's just really lame that so many people feel that they need to make money by cheating others. Sure, I could go down that road and perhaps make more money. But why? I can make an honest dollar (or won or yen or euro or whatever) by delivering some real value for people in an honest and decent manner without being greedy.

I have zero respect for the malware authors out there (as human beings that is).

The sickening thing is that they could do well by being honest. It takes effort and talent to exploit software. They obviously have the skills. It's a shame.

I know guys that would seriously rape systems if they wanted to. Absolute geniuses. But they work hard and are honest. Those guys deserve respect. They're good coders and good people.

Dunno. Just my own personal disgust at thing sort of thing...


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Re: Malware writers now number one software makers
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2008, 09:58:19 AM »
False positives... They happen. There's no avoiding it. But I doubt the number of false positive is that large to seriously affect the stats. That would be incompetence without compare. Symantec may have problems, and Norton may have problems, but they can't be THAT bad.
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Re: Malware writers now number one software makers
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2008, 09:58:36 AM »
So, where is the link to send some credits for these hard-working fellas? :D

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Re: Malware writers now number one software makers
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2008, 11:33:35 AM »
So, where is the link to send some credits for these hard-working fellas? :D

Ha. Ha. Very funny! ;)
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Re: Malware writers now number one software makers
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2008, 12:00:03 PM »
It has been several years since my PC was infected last.
I wonder where all these malware applications are to be found?  :-\

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Re: Malware writers now number one software makers
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2008, 05:53:53 PM »
Renegade: the exploits in firefox are typically somewhat less severe than those in IE, though... and since IE still has a lot higher market penetration, it's obviously more interesting for the hax0rs to exploit IE. Net effect: firefox is a safer browser.
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