Virus Writers Looking To Slow Things Down
from the too-fast-means-you-get-caught dept
It's no secret that malware writers are more likely to be in the virus writing business these days more for profit, rather than fame or for kicks. Hell, we've been seeing articles about this trend for over three years now. However, that also means that the type of malware being written is changing as well. Rather than go for the big hit, with a virus that spreads super fast and makes the headlines, virus writers know that they're better off being sneaky. The less well known their viruses are, the less likely they are to be stopped by security software... and the longer there is to profit from the malware. This probably explains why the various predictions of more big virus attacks have failed to come true. The attacks are still there, but the thinking is entirely different. This is especially interesting from the viewpoint of security companies. In fact, it suggests that many were caught off-guard by this behavior. Plenty of researchers were trying to anticipate the next big attack, when they would have been better off trying to find the next hidden attack.