The ‘Malware Economy’ Evolves

The malware economy is turning into a recognisable traditional IT economy. Leasing botnets? Malware support? Welcome to the new age of computing. One indication of the maturity of the black economy, according to Telafici, was the recent case of a hacker who wrote a packer [software used to bypass antivirus protection], threw in the towel recently as it wasn’t profitable enough — there’s too much competition. They opened the source code and walked away — via Slashdot

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