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From Fun to Profit: The Evolution of Malware

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Executive Summary

Digital threats have evolved from a bizarre hobby for computer geeks into a huge source of profit for organized cyber-crime. From a technical point of view, malware has diversified to enable pursuit of a wide variety of criminal objectives and has increased its capabilities for penetration into victim systems. Recognizing the potential profit, it predicts that malware will continue to be a threat to IT infrastructures for the foreseeable future. Malware will continue to evolve, and malware authors will try to improve the stealth and persistence of their creations. It also says that to a large extent, it was in reaction to this earlier threat that many anti-malware systems started to apply greater attention to the examination of network traffic streams.

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