Saturday September 19, 2015

The Life And Death Of The Creative Computer Virus

Once upon a time, there were viruses that simply annoyed or amused you without wiping your data or leaving your system compromised.

While early computer viruses were certainly capable of destruction and minor havoc, they were often designed simply for the hackers' own amusement and to deliver what's known as a "payload." It might be a message that tells you that cybertron69 has owned you, or it might be an elaborate animation with a political message. Hackers have moved on to using their time in more lucrative ways and just don't get around to putting that cherry on top anymore.