Virus Authors the New Dot Coms

Silicon reports that modern virus writers and the criminal operations which pay for their skills are looking ever more like real businesses.

Greg Day, security analyst at McAfee, told Silicon that such operations are showing alarming levels of professionalism and while the idea that malware distribution has been governed by a financial motivation in recent years is nothing new, Day says research for McAfee's annual global threat report reveals it has now reached new levels of sophistication and looks set to continue in that trend.