Why are virus attacks getting worse?

Thursday, 11 March 2004, 1:55 AM EST

Why have we seen so many new virus attacks in recent weeks?

I believe it's because there has been little effort made by law enforcement officials to find or stop the virus authors. Maybe there is more effort coming from law enforcement than I'm observing—but if that's true, what they're doing is incredibly inefficient, and it's helping to give the green light to every black-hat coder out there. Script kiddies have gone berserk, seeing that nobody is being caught or prosecuted, and they form a unique smokescreen for the more talented culprits. The scariest aspect is that these viruses and the tricks being used to infect machines are outstandingly efficient and of high quality.

By John C. Dvorak at PC Magazine.

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