The new breed of virus

The enormous value of private information on personal and business computers has seen hackers modify and improve their attempts to steal and corrupt data, writes Adam Maguire

2nd October, 2010

The motives of virus developers have changed for the worst in recent years, according to leading security software experts.

Malware making is now extremely profitable, whereas in the past a virus was a nuisance that might slow down a computer, delete files or, at worst, cripple operations on a machine.

They were, for the most part, developed by users to prove a point or gain a reputation.

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