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Old 04-27-2006, 08:00 PM   #1

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Default Spyware evolving faster than viruses

Sometimes I wonder why people do things and what must be going through their minds when they do them. I often wonder how many people in this world really don't have a conscience.

Bertrand Russell said:
It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.
It would be difficult to believe that people behind viruses and spyware are rational and it would be easy to wonder if they have a conscience.

Spyware is now evolving faster than viruses. Some software resets itself on an hourly basis to help avoid detection.

A leading security firm says there has been a very large increase in spyware over the last 12 months with the majority of it having the purpose of harvesting financial data for use by third parties.

VoIP applications could be the next target according to some experts.

There are more details in this article http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/21...faster-viruses
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Old 04-28-2006, 04:30 AM   #2
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Interesting point. I'm not really surprised that spyware is overtaking virus development to be honest. The people making the spyware get a direct financial award by defrauding those they 'infect' which is quite an incentive for some people. In contrast, virus writers tend to just either claim to be showing what they can do or cuase chaos - more of a powe-trip I suppose.

I think man is a rational animal. There is nothing irrational about defrauding someone or stealing from them for easy money - their cost-benefit analysis simply came to the conclusion that the money they would 'earn' from infecting people with spyware was worth more to them personally than the risk of being prosecuted or being amoral (which is something defined by society anyway, and not something on a primal level).

In the same way, virus writers' cost-benefit analysis come to the conlusion that the infamy and power they would get from infecting thousands of computers was more important to them personally than the risk of prosecution or the annoyance (and often financial damage) they cause.

It is quite possible to be rational and immoral acts. Indeed, it is common for criminals to 'rationalise' their crime, so they can explain why they stole something (or worse) in a way that normally makes them out as a victim of society or similar.

Just my 2p (with a little simple psychology rolled in)

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I hate it, it kills your internet and computer as much or worse than viruses
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