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Mikko Hypponen: Fighting viruses, defending the net

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Welcome to the dungeon. First computer virus created 25 years ago, and Mikko Hypponen goes to visit the creators – who provided their address within the coding of the virus.

It is worthy to note that these viral creators have, themselves, had their own systems infected many times since then.

In this video, Mikko is able to run and show examples of old, outdated viruses from the 80’s and 90’s. “Centipede” virus. “Crash” virus. They actually look as though they are old games rather than viruses. Most were written by kids just because they could.

He then goes to show the number of viruses their systems currently seek out and find – which number in the mind-boggling range of hundreds of thousands in just a matter of minutes. Today, organized criminal gangs create these viruses simply because they make money. For example, gangstabucks.com – an operation in Moscow which actually buys infected computers. What they do is keylogging – watching you (while on an infected computer) for online purchases. Looking for that credit card entry with your security code. Mikko delves into this in more detail.

Mikko goes on to talk about the high level of opertion involved with today’s cyber-criminals, hire people to create and test codes. In fact, it’s rather amazing how he tracked down a Russian hacker via code the hacker embedded in his own virus.

Ends with a little tongue-in-cheek humor. Top-notch presentation.

Russia is now becoming the leader in virus creation – but it also contains the leader in viral protection.. Kaspersky. Please read my other posting on an interview with Evgeny Kaspersky. Very interesting…..

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