Are There Still Viruses Out There That Can Damage Your Computer?

Am I nuts?!?

Of course there are still viruses out there that look to harm your computer.

There are still bad guys in the world aren’t there?

Yes, there are, and that is the point.

Mischief Has Given Way To Profit

The game that the bad guys play is to no longer to try and damage your computer though.

In fact, they do not want you to know that they are on there at all.

They want you to think that your computer is running the same as it ever was.

The goal of the bad guys is purely profit now and not to cause mischief and harm.

You have two types of black hat hackers that are out there now.

People who hack your computer so that they can make money off of you.

And the other type is someone who hacks into your computer so that they can steal information from you.

In the 80’s and the early 90’s, hackers use to have fun doing weird little tricks on remote computers.

Some of these tricks would damage the computer and some would do nothing more than open your CD tray when you didn’t want it to.

Now, black hat hackers have a financial motive.

Even some of the white and grey hat hackers have financial motives as well.

They want to stop and fill in the security holes that the black hat hackers find and they expect to be paid to do it.

This is no longer a world where someone will report a bug from a major company’s software for free – they expect to be paid for the information.

The status that comes with finding the information is no longer enough.

The Price Of Information

There are even web sites that you can go to, so that you can auction off the bug that you found.

This is not saying that the hacker culture does not like to play around in technology anymore strictly for fun.

That is far from the truth.

It’s just that if their discovery is going to benefit you, they want to be paid for it.

And black hat hackers would rather put ads that pop up when you do not want them to or steal your credit card information without you knowing, rather than making your computer crash.

They have figured out that not only can you do what you love, but you can also get paid for it as well.

A lot of the black hat hackers that get paid for their services are from countries that were formally part of the Soviet bloc.

Since their economy was really bad, you had a bunch of very smart people doing criminal behavior.

All so that they can get paid and feed their families.

There are other black hat hackers from other parts of the globe as well but this is where a lot of them are concentrated.

Some of the viruses and botnets that are out there right now are the work of geniuses not just some kid working on his computer.

So the question is, are there still viruses out there that will harm your computer?

There are actually a lot fewer than before.

Nowadays they are more likely to hurt your wallet instead.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. Funny i remember the CD pop out, i had the thing at one time, told friends i was sending them a coffee cup holder

    • Ha ha 😀

      I’ve only ever fallen victim to Blaster but my kids have had their fair share of interesting malware for sure.

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