Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The raise of "MalwareMustDie!" (TL;DR)

This post marks our inaugural blog entry, elucidating the inception of the MalwareMustDie movement.
Spanish: Este es nuestro primer artículo de blog, explicando por qué se inició el movimiento MalwareMustDie.
日本語: 本件は我々の最初ブログ投稿でMalwareMustDie運動が始まった理由を説明させて頂きます。
Latin: Hic est noster primus blogi articulus, quod movendi MalwareMustDie initium habuerit.

Malware poses an ongoing threat to the internet and computer industry, persisting for over 15 years as a well-organized "industry." Despite continuous efforts by security professionals to analyze and mitigate malware, its evolution driven by the greed of actors remains unstoppable. The malware industry thrives on infecting and compromising systems, transforming its malicious intent into a business-like activity.

Malware significantly impacts internet and IT technology advancements, hindering progress despite the daily efforts of security experts. The actors behind malware, motivated by financial gain and the low risk of legal consequences, continue to grow exponentially. The variety and rapid pace of malware variants aim to evade detection and mitigation, with bad actors exploiting the lag time between mitigation signature releases.

Malware actors range from criminals to state sponsors, hacktivists, and even extremist movements, contributing to the proliferation of spyware and hacking tools. The transformation of malware into a modern form of online crime involves selling victims' credentials, stealing data, and extortion through ransomware. This not only affects internet users technically but also raises ethical concerns as some adopt malware methodologies legally, compromising privacy rights.

Despite efforts to combat malware, actors employ sophisticated techniques to cover their traces, necessitating global coordination and cooperation among law enforcement agencies. The profitability and reduced risks associated with cybercrime compared to traditional crime contribute to its growing rates, as highlighted by a 2014 Europol report.

The internet's current structure, accessible to both good and bad actors, poses challenges in curbing malware activities due to legal, territorial, and political boundaries. Malware coders actively learn and improve their techniques, exchanging information in "dark side" forums, leading to the development of new exploits and zero-day vulnerabilities.

The motivation for bad actors is primarily financial, driven by the economic benefits of cybercrime, or by a form state sponsor program. In contrast, efforts to combat malware are scattered across groups and organizations, relying on threat information as a commodity. The imbalance in the fight against the rapid growth of malware calls for a better scheme to match its speed.

To address the situation, a collective effort is needed, involving hands-on dedication to threat research, raising awareness, and reporting malicious threats. The MalwareMustDie volunteer campaign on Twitter seeks to engage individuals in the fight against malware, emphasizing that the collective effort is essential. Reading and learning about malware, joining trusted security communities, and actively preventing infections are steps towards improving the situation.

In conclusion, malware remains a pervasive threat, requiring a unified front to mitigate its impact and safeguard the online environment. The MalwareMustDie as the persistent campaign serves as a call to action, urging individuals to contribute to in any form of the collective effort against the persistence of malware in the digital landscape.

Let us uphold the true purpose of the internet for the advancement of humanity's future. For that purpose, the internet always needs your help.

Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae. Ad te clamamus, exules filii Hevae. Ad te suspiramus gementes et flentes. Eia ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsilium ostende. O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genitrix. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.
(Note: The preceding prayer does not imply that MalwareMustDie is influenced by any religious beliefs; rather, it underscores our commitment to conducting ourselves in a manner aligned with moral principles.)

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