from the no-surprises-there dept
In news that should surprise absolutely none of you, it appears that the people who used to write viruses for ego purposes are increasingly writing spyware for money instead. Basically, what the study (bias alert: done by a security company who’s trying to sell you stuff) points out is that, just like with file sharing applications, spyware and adware have become a business model for virus writers. They’re wrapping up their viruses with spyware; they still get the ego boost, but also some profit as well. No wonder virus companies are desperately trying to come up with decent anti-spyware offerings.