Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 22nd Jan 2006 12:50 UTC
Bugs & Viruses "It was during the opening weeks of 1986 that the first PC virus, called Brain, was discovered in the wild. Though it achieved fame because it was the first of its type, the virus was not widespread as it could only travel by hitching a ride on floppy disks swapped between users. Now 20 years after they first appeared there are more than 150000 malicious programs in existence."
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Jedd
Member since:
2005-07-06

To be honest, I've thought that for a long time. I mean I know there are black hat hackers out there who write them, but I've thought that AV companies themselves write some of the really sophisticated ones to sell their product. (Job security I guess :-p )

It might sound like a "conspiracy theory" but hey, it makes some sense, at least to me; and to you =). I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that AV companies are not all "above board".

/opinion

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

It might sound like a "conspiracy theory" but hey, it makes some sense, at least to me; and to you =). I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that AV companies are not all "above board".

I think if they were doing that, somebody on the outside would've found out about it by now. If I went to work for one of the AV companies and found out this was going on, I wouldn't hesitate to spill the beans, even if it meant a possible jail sentence for breaking whatever NDA they have in place.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Yeah sure. Settled, legal companies, also from the US end Europe, will risk their entire livelihood and company to write viruses. You do know how completely ridicoulous that sounds, right?

Governments all over the world actively SEEK virus writers to put them behind bars. So, there's a big chance one of Symantec's employees is arrested... You really think they will take that HUGE gamble? Hello, this is ground control to major Tom, please get your feet back firmly on the ground, please.

Can we please get back to ordinary discussions? For people who believe this crap, there's sites for people like you, this one is a good start: http://zapatopi.net/blackhelicopters/ .

Have fun.

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Dano Member since:
2006-01-22

>>Yeah sure. Settled, legal companies, also from the US end Europe, will risk their entire livelihood and company to write viruses. You do know how completely ridicoulous that sounds, right?

But anti-virus software IS their livelyhood...are you saying that legal corporations always do things...above board?

Dano

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

trust me, they don't. Norton sell a false sense of security, not an antivirus product.

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