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Malware going retro in 2013, security firm finds

John P. Mello | June 5, 2013
Old tricks attract attention of cyber bandits in the first quarter, McAfee finds

A trend that didn't abate during the quarter is the movement of botnet managers toward industrial espionage. "They used to be content bottom feeding on suckers," Wosotowsky said.

"Although ransomware is still a big thing," he said, "there seems to be a movement toward industrial espionage and establishing advanced persistent threats."

User-friendly botnet software is contributing to that trend. "Years ago, malware had to be crafted by someone who know what they were doing," Wosotowsky said. "Now anyone can get a kit that makes setting up a botnet a plug-and-play experience."

 

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