That the antivirus industry could be boosting their profits by creating the threats that they offer a solution to is an interesting question.
I’d not given it much thought previously until “Anon” left the following comment on my post about Trojan.Killfiles.904 –
Though it probably sounds like idle speculation and paranoia, a very reasonable and viable explanation for the amount of time and effort placed into such seemingly pointless creations is that it is for the benefit of the anti-virus industry.
The more dangerous the virus the more paranoia it can instill, encouraging profit and thus active development within the AV industry.
One could go so far as to suspect that a larger portion of new viruses come from anti-virus companies themselves than from tech-savvy teens with nothing to gain.
Aside from that, there have been many cases in the past of proficient and notorious virus writers being hired by large software firms, including some specializing in digital security no doubt.
Paranoia perhaps, but paranoia based in logic.
The anonymous commentator’s observation that virus writers have been employed by AV firms is especially interesting if true.
I think I’ve read before that it is but may be mistaken, though I do remember reading a lot of comments on Twitter that blamed Confiker on the security industry.
Do you think that internet security firms could be behind at least some of the threats that are causing web users to invest in their products?