Security

Ghosts in the Machine: Today's Invisible Threats

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Executive Summary

Viruses are invisible without a microscope, yet remain one of the most deadly organisms that exist in nature. The term "Computer Virus" is aptly named to describe one of the greatest challenges of the online world. Yesterday's computer viruses were not invisible and were instead created by "Showoff" hackers out to demonstrate skill and daring. Today's viruses, or malware, are more like their biological namesake and are today created to be invisible to users to evade detection. Current malware are usually part of an infection chain whose sole purpose is making money for cybercriminals. In addition to being invisible, today's malware are also pervasive.

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