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

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posted on Jan, 31 2012 @ 03:17 PM
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Originally posted by Maxine1969
Third - AV researchers are some of the most stuck up and arrogant human beings I've ever had the misfortune to encounter. Wordlwide it's a small club with a bad attitude of "MY game MY rules and YOU can't play!" if you're an outsider. Specific example I'm thinking of concerned Doren Rosenthal who (a few years back) produced virus-like code as a training tool for security staff. He was judged to be a blasphemer at the altar of the AntiVirus world, and roundly condemned as being a virus writer. Why? Because he wasn't part of the club.


To elaborate on my previous post, I'd like to share an example of the blinkered "MY game MY rules!" thinking of mainstream AV researchers:

A few years back there was a nasty which (briefly) took the AV world off-guard, by the name of KAK-Worm. The harmful code was duly analysed, and AV companies started issuing updates ...

HOWEVER - while the code my employer supplied would eradicate the harmful worm, it DIDN'T put the infected machine back into a pre-infected state. We had complaints from customers coming in thick and fast!!

Faced with the torrent of complaints, the researchers huffed and puffed with indignation. Their response to us was along the lines of "there's nothing wrong with our code, it wipes out the worm! You never told us customers expected us to restore functionality as well, that's not TECHNICALLY what AV software does".

Personally I, and many of my colleagues regarded this response as pure B/S. What good is AV software if it wipes out harmful code but you still can't use your PC? It is common sense that after running AV software a customer expects to have a working machine! Meantime while all this B/S was going on, a young lad in the office did a quick walk through of what the worm did, and rapidly coded a standalone utility which WOULD restore 99% of PCs to their pre-infected state. (ie functionality would be restored).

You should never guarantee 100% because there'll always be some glitch! But I'm convinced that it would resolve 99%

The AV researchers were absolutely furious and prevented us from releasing the code, officially because any code released on behalf of the company had to be verified, but in truth because it was this lad who created the code, and not a "real" researcher.

While the researchers deliberately dragged their heels over "verifying" the lad's code, Panda AV released a standalone utility which did the same thing, and got credit for it.

My employer dropped the ball because of nothing more than the AV researchers' egos - they missed out on getting the credit for being the first to issue a standalone KAK-killer (Panda traded on that achievement for some time afterwards), and the lad who coded the utility was deprived of his "15 minutes of fame" :-(




posted on Mar, 27 2012 @ 04:18 AM
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Hackers want to damage your computer and delete your important data and want to get your computer information but if you want to create security for avoid hackers then use strong password for computer access and also use Malware Removal virus security for better computer security. You can take Mac Support for better help.
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posted on Mar, 29 2012 @ 12:58 AM
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Not all hackers want to do malicious activity only the script kiddies, know-nothings and small-time punks/scammers.

Those hackers of the finer cloths are wanting only knowledge and periodically apply what they know to the grid for educational and exploratory purposes.

I personally never got any highs from hacking but then again all of my hacks got me gainfully paid. Applied knowledge is the key to understanding and what one does with this understanding is their business.

Conspiracy behind hacking? Ask my Chinese & Russian counterparts for they are the ones breaking through f/w's over here in the US and stealing our sensitive data.

For active decades I have worn black and white hats alike and I choose to stay in the grey.



posted on Mar, 29 2012 @ 09:49 AM
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Originally posted by jacksena
Hackers want to damage your computer and delete your important data and want to get your computer information


This wins an Oscar in my "too dump to live" ignorance book... You can't possibly believe we give a flying duck of the porn site you go to or the dirty emails you send your secretary... Slap yourself awake dude... the people that will try to break in your computer to get your credit card infos and your stuff are funded and ran by organized crime and organizations of identify thefts crap like that.. Yes there's bad "hackers" just as there's crocked cops... But its not because one's bad that the label "hacker" whom's a very honorable title should be used and associated automatically with bad individuals... Such believe is just ridiculous and shows a complete lack of knowledge on the subject... Instead of saying something stupid something its better not so speak at all...




but if you want to create security for avoid hackers then use strong password for computer access and also use Malware Removal virus security for better computer security. You can take Mac Support for better help.
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So you think using a strong password and an anti-virus is going to keep you safe? Hah... I might of busted a lung on that one... Thanks man... up till now my week was bad but geez... thanks again...
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posted on Mar, 29 2012 @ 10:31 AM
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My best definition of a hacker is someone who is curious, inventive and intelligent, and uses that to try to do what "can't be done"

The thing is this does not only apply to computers, how do you think people invent things? Often they see something they think they can improve on and they keep trying until they get the results they are looking for.

Making the impossible possible



posted on Mar, 29 2012 @ 01:59 PM
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I agree Pixiefyre that the Hacker's mind is a creative venue, and the more creative energies that one is able to generate and focus the higher the purpose of the ideas and the things that the hacker is able to negotiate, compromise and materialize.

One is even able to master life and the art of living by a very early age if the influences are concentrated enough throughout the individual's upbringing and parental raising.

I believe crime no matter how ingeniously clever is a crime all in itself...that crime being "WASTED TALENT".
Great minds choose to improve upon the imperfect in a never-ending journey ...be it via products or services or better yet theories and ideas.

World changing platforms such as game changers and even more so game makers were never idealized by such trivial cerebrals.

The more energetically focused the mind the greater the possibilities!

...just be careful not to shatter the waters.

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posted on Mar, 29 2012 @ 05:52 PM
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Originally posted by Pixiefyre
My best definition of a hacker is someone who is curious, inventive and intelligent, and uses that to try to do what "can't be done"

The thing is this does not only apply to computers, how do you think people invent things? Often they see something they think they can improve on and they keep trying until they get the results they are looking for.

Making the impossible possible



EXACTLY! If you pass by N.B I'm buying you a 36 pack!
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posted on Mar, 30 2012 @ 09:22 AM
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So perfectly worded... amen brother... btw I like the cDc based avatar



Originally posted by maestromason
reply to post by Pixiefyre
 


I agree Pixiefyre that the Hacker's mind is a creative venue, and the more creative energies that one is able to generate and focus the higher the purpose of the ideas and the things that the hacker is able to negotiate, compromise and materialize.

One is even able to master life and the art of living by a very early age if the influences are concentrated enough throughout the individual's upbringing and parental raising.

I believe crime no matter how ingeniously clever is a crime all in itself...that crime being "WASTED TALENT".
Great minds choose to improve upon the imperfect in a never-ending journey ...be it via products or services or better yet theories and ideas.

World changing platforms such as game changers and even more so game makers were never idealized by such trivial cerebrals.

The more energetically focused the mind the greater the possibilities!

...just be careful not to shatter the waters.

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edit on 30-3-2012 by _R4t_ because: (no reason given)



posted on Mar, 30 2012 @ 09:48 AM
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Nothing perfect in this world.

Hackers fully exploit this.



posted on Apr, 2 2012 @ 06:36 PM
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Conspiracy? Not usually, though with the digital espionage era accelerating it's really interesting to see how the US, Israel, Russia, China, and others are using viruses as a means of either destruction or espionage.

Did anyone see the 60 minutes story on the virus launched into Iranian nuclear centrifuges? Wicked cool stuff.

Spyware stuff as noted in that 60 minutes story is only going to heat up dramatically in the coming 10 years.



posted on Apr, 2 2012 @ 06:50 PM
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Remember, some people just like to see the world burn, and some people just like to cause chaos for the sake of creating chaos.



posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 11:45 PM
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antispyware companies are not likely to be behind the proliferation (creation) of viruses. There's no way I can go that far down the conspiracy tunnel. Viruses are the result of either greed/profit (I think this is less likely than we might think) or malicious intent - coders just doing it because they can and to see if they can do it and get away with it. Usually they can.



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