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Why do hackers create computer viruses? Is there a conspiracy behind it?

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posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 10:52 AM
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Most are used for Identity theft, other are just a pain to who ever gets inflicted with them. The only conspiracy theory behind computer virus is that Anti-virus companies hire people to make them and put them on the web so that said companies can sell their Anti-virus programs.

Don't know wither its true or not, there hasn't been a whistle blower as far as I know.




posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 10:56 AM
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it is a classic protection racket. delete files, spy, mess up the operating system, install unsolicited advertisements. Either pay up or big business and the government will screw you hard! ouch.....



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 10:58 AM
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I'm pretty sure they do. Infact wasn't there a company a couple of years back that offered a prize to create a virus that would infect Macs on network or something. Back in the day ship makers used to through logs in the water to break ships in the slow months. They were called silent messangers. Why wouldn't they do it today with computers.



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 11:00 AM
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Because most viruses are just tweaks and slight variations of previous viruses. Say using a new port for example. There are only so many certain types of attacks or reasons to create viruses, typically to steal personal datam or to create bigger botnets. So after a while off dealing with these issues, they become very easy to combat.

Completely new vulnerabilities, zero-day attacks, are very rare, and you only come across them once in a while. It is reported that in some more underground hacking forums, you can buy zero-day exploits for up to 250,000$

That in itself is a very lucrative enterprise.



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 11:03 AM
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correct there are places on the web that you can purchase everything from viruses to data and everything inbetween
and i dont mean places you will find thru google or any other search engine
luckily you wont find it on the portion of the internet most people know but its out there
what you see on the internet is only a small portion of whats really there



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 11:09 AM
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Originally posted by UkRandom
correct there are places on the web that you can purchase everything from viruses to data and everything inbetween
and i dont mean places you will find thru google or any other search engine
luckily you wont find it on the portion of the internet most people know but its out there
what you see on the internet is only a small portion of whats really there


care to elaborate a bit? Usually "free" software, especially hacked games with serial numbers are a big, big no-no. And I am not talking about the piracy issue, I am talking about someone using the "free software" as bait to steal credit card numbers or bank account numbers and link that to your profile somehow. Nevermind that the computer crawls and you need a re-install of windows usually. I have heard of cases where the bios gets corrupted and you need a new computer.



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 11:15 AM
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Originally posted by WWu777

Originally posted by Imagewerx
Because they're paid by companies like Norton and Mc.Afee to do so,because without them they wouldn't be needed.If it wasn't for them we wouldn't have to install really crap anti virus software on our PCs that actually slows them down more than if it's infected with a virus
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But what about all the people who use free AV program such as AVG, Avast or Avira? They provide good protection and keep your computer safe too. But since they are free, where's the profit motive? Don't those free AV companies lose money?

I've only ever used the free version of Avira after finding out the hard way I'm better off without Norton etc.My allegations above apply to companies like Norton who sell bundled software that is pushed mercilessly on buyers of new computer equipment.



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 11:19 AM
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Originally posted by EarthCitizen07

Originally posted by UkRandom
correct there are places on the web that you can purchase everything from viruses to data and everything inbetween
and i dont mean places you will find thru google or any other search engine
luckily you wont find it on the portion of the internet most people know but its out there
what you see on the internet is only a small portion of whats really there


care to elaborate a bit? Usually "free" software, especially hacked games with serial numbers are a big, big no-no. And I am not talking about the piracy issue, I am talking about someone using the "free software" as bait to steal credit card numbers or bank account numbers and link that to your profile somehow. Nevermind that the computer crawls and you need a re-install of windows usually. I have heard of cases where the bios gets corrupted and you need a new computer.


you dont need software to buy information that in the right place is traded and swapped everyday on the internet
what you and i are using now is called "Clearweb" thats where things are easily found via google and other search engines
this is just the tip of the preverbial iceberg
what people dont seem to understand is there is a massive portion of the web thats not searchable by conventional means
and to get there you need to know how to get there
its called Darknet and not a place you would want to find yourself but if your there you aint just stumbled on it

then we have deepweb that has hundreds of thousands of various pages containing huge amounts of things that your average user would never see

deepweb is not reachable by conventional ways
there is huge amounts of data and resources hidden away on these parts of the deep web


i assure you ^^^^ is what happens on a daily basis
alarming isnt it?

the deeper in the web you go the more dangerous it gets
and the more risks your putting yourself in front of



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 11:24 AM
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norton and mcaffe are despised by a lot of software developers, including microsoft support mvp. You NEVER hear any good words about them cause it robs a lot of system resources and has various incompatibility issues.



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 11:25 AM
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Originally posted by EarthCitizen07
reply to post by Imagewerx
 


norton and mcaffe are despised by a lot of software developers, including microsoft support mvp. You NEVER hear any good words about them cause it robs a lot of system resources and has various incompatibility issues.


Norton and Mcafee are the 2 easiest cracked programs avaliable

that itself should cause concern
how is it such "Security Applications" are so easily hacked?



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 11:27 AM
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Should try kaspersky.



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 11:33 AM
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thanks for the image. so you need a special program to access the deep web? For example google and yahoo show only 50 pages of search results and then stop. I always wondered why I could not search deeper but perhaps this is a different issue.

btw I suspect I bricked my previous laptop by a bios virus or it needs a new battery. I need to send it to the shop to get it analysed and hopefully fixed. it was a 17inch beauty!



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 11:38 AM
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look up
Onion Routing

personally i would stay well clear as the more you delve into that part of cyberspace the more it gets weirder/illegal and just plain dangerous

its hidden for a reason and should be that way aswell
its a frequent hangout of feds and hackers alike
not a nice place and contains very disturbing topics/links and the deeper you go the more worrying it gets



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 11:42 AM
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The hidden part of the web is a dark place.

The lines between search engine content and the deep Web have begun to blur, as search services start to provide access to part or all of once-restricted content. An increasing amount of deep Web content is opening up to free search as publishers and libraries make agreements with large search engines. In the future, deep Web content may be defined less by opportunity for search than by access fees or other types of authentication.



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 11:50 AM
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Originally posted by Militarywarfare
The hidden part of the web is a dark place.

The lines between search engine content and the deep Web have begun to blur, as search services start to provide access to part or all of once-restricted content. An increasing amount of deep Web content is opening up to free search as publishers and libraries make agreements with large search engines. In the future, deep Web content may be defined less by opportunity for search than by access fees or other types of authentication.


I don't know much about the darknet but I do know there are lots of traps even in the open access internet.

browser highjackers, virii, worms, adware, spyware.

opening up the wrong email or visiting a warez site or using p2p software are all classic no-no's!



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 11:54 AM
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Originally posted by EarthCitizen07

Originally posted by Militarywarfare
The hidden part of the web is a dark place.

The lines between search engine content and the deep Web have begun to blur, as search services start to provide access to part or all of once-restricted content. An increasing amount of deep Web content is opening up to free search as publishers and libraries make agreements with large search engines. In the future, deep Web content may be defined less by opportunity for search than by access fees or other types of authentication.


I don't know much about the darknet but I do know there are lots of traps even in the open access internet.

browser highjackers, virii, worms, adware, spyware.

opening up the wrong email or visiting a warez site or using p2p software are all classic no-no's!


well times them traps by 100 then throw in every law enforcement agency on the planet
then ontop of that throw in some seriously illegal activity and even more illegal content
and welcome to whats known as the darkweb

ever wonder where Wikileaks came from? the darknet its been around for a very long time
there are places down there where you need to be a rocket scientist just to understand some of the content

as i have said in previous posts the more you delve deeper the more dangerous it gets
not for the feint hearted nor for people who really dont know about computer anonimity
as the saying goes
"what has been seen cannot be unseen"
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posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 12:08 PM
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It seems you are computer literate/savvy and have travelled quite a bit. For me I could care less about the darknet because there is nothing to be gained from it. I suspect most government agencies have special networks and accounts to communicate classified data.

Remember gary mckinnon? The guy who hacked the navy and saw americas space fleet? No joke!



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 12:10 PM
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delete duplicate post. computer glitch lol

or maybe nsa does not like our posts

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posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 12:14 PM
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gary mckinnon pulled off this centurys greatest hack with a very simple exploit
and as for goverments have there own channels to correspond to each other
this is the birthplace of the dark/deep web they started it all

end of the day im not trying to scaremonger anybody just let people realise that there is more happening than you see on simple google searches

and if anybody ever has virus issues
shoot me a pm and i`ll gladly help you the best i can

1 pearl of wisdom tho for safer browsing..DONT use internet explorer as most browser hijackers are targeted at that piece of software lol



posted on Jan, 19 2012 @ 12:21 PM
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Thanks for offering free assistance. I think people appreciate that!


I have one question which is somewhat unrelated to this thread but important to me. How often should someone change their bios mini-battery? And does cold weather and long hours affect its performance?

Thanks........



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