(Or How Money Makes the Web Go Round)
May is an important month in the IT security industry because it’s the anniversary of one of the most fearsome viruses ever—the ILOVEYOU virus aka the Lovebug. Back in 2000, it was a very big deal because it created a new way of infecting people’s systems—through email. This started the era of email viruses that we all suffered from since then. Yes, they’re technically worms but that’s not important. What was important back then was that these wanted to use your computer as a virtual walls for graffiti (“Jaschan was here, screw you netsky!”).
That sounds very different from today’s viruses. Yes, we call them Trojans now but that doesn’t matter either. Today, threats are all about information theft. Cybercriminals want your credentials (your eBay password) to make money one way or another (so they can sell imaginary stuff using your reputation). They want your Facebook login credentials so they can send bad links to your friends and steal their information; your “World of Warcraft” account credentials so they can sell your valuable online items; and your online banking credentials so they can… well, you know what they want those for, I guess.