Size Matters To Virus Writers
from the smaller-and-smaller-and-smaller... dept
If you learned to program back in the days before gigabyte hard drives, you might remember a time when coding efficiency mattered. You actually wanted to make your programs as small as possible so they didn't take up too much room. Of course, hard drives started expanding, and bloated software became standard. Still, it appears there's one area where small programs rule: malicious worms and viruses. Apparently, all those worms and viruses bouncing back and forth are mostly under 20kb - showing just how easy it is to compromise a system. In fact, with such efficient code, worm writers are placing malicious code within their malicious code, and are still able to keep it nice and compact (and easier to slip in under the radar).