November 30, 2008 at 1:13 pm #28356BearParticipant
While doing research about the different issues that hamper our computing experience I have repeatedly run across many articles that would be of interest except for one minor problem, most of these articles are written in such a way that they are beyond the scope of the average computer user. This is not to say that the average computer user is an uneducated dolt but neither are they tech savvy.Below is an article I think you will find both educational and entertaining BearUsed with permission by the author Michael Goodfellow Free The Memes ! It's no secret that the Internet is flooded with viruses and spam. A recent report says that 95% of all email is spam. In fact, the spam and viruses go together. The spam contains attachments or links that infect your machine with a virus, and one of the main jobs of a virus is to spread itself by sending out more spam. Call it viruses, worms, or Trojan horses, adware, spyware or bots, it's all malicious software ("malware") and it's a problem.Originally, viruses were just pranks written by amateurs. Then, noticing how widely they spread, hackers produced the notorious "adware" viruses that pop up advertising windows all over your desktop. And unscrupulous companies were found to pay for advertising in this new medium. More recently, criminal organizations have created a demand for viruses that scan your machine for things like bank account, credit card and social security numbers. And finally, a more general-purpose virus has been created, called a "bot" (short for "robot"). These are programs that don't do much of anything on their own, but sit and wait for commands from a remote machine. Those commands can then mobilize a huge number of machines -- millions, in some cases -- to do whatever the authors require. The collection of infected machines is called a "botnet."Since everyone in the industry knows this stuff is out there, you might reasonably ask why no one has put a stop to it. In fact, there is a whole industry dedicated to dealing with viruses. Companies like Symantec write the anti-virus, firewall and spam filter applications you can install on your machine. So a better question is, why don't they work?There are two answers usually given for this. First, the industry blames users for clicking on links to dodgy websites, or opening email attachments from people they don't know. Users are also blamed for poor system hygiene -- we don't install all the security updates to our operating systems, and we don't buy the firewall, antivirus and spam filtering software written by the security industry!The second answer to complaints is that viruses are a moving target. There's an arms race going on between the virus programmers and the security companies. The security companies learn how to spot a class of virus programs, but then the virus programmers learn to write a new type of virus that cannot be spotted. The virus programmers even directly attack the security software on your machine. Unfortunately, the virus programmers are winning the race. In a recent piece for Wired, security expert Bruce Schneier writes about the Storm botnet:December 22, 2008 at 12:34 pm #30355MitzKeymaster
I think alot of viruses are created by the same guys that are trying to stop them..December 22, 2008 at 12:57 pm #30356DSTMParticipant
I am inclined to agree with you Mitz.And Computer Technicians would lose a lot of business also,because a big percentage of their work is removing Viruses off Computers.and reloading Windows for people that don't know how to.Viruses have caused me to reload Windows twice in the last 2 months.Some of these new Viruses are quite destructive.December 23, 2008 at 11:38 pm #30357BearParticipant
Not sure how accurate that number is, but it is probably pretty closeThat and you pretty you and DSTM pretty well summed it up it is big businessBear
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