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Virus writers get stealthy

Virus writers are turning to new tricks as the trend of big-hitting worms eases off in favour of malware that can slip in under the radar. Security researchers have warned that sudden impact viruses, such as the Slammer worm, which cause immediate widespread damage to IT systems are being superseded by slow-burning worms where the focus is on avoiding detection. According to F-Secure, virus writers are putting more time into making their viruses stealthy in an attempt to sneak them past antivirus software. Malware authors, many of whom now use viruses as a way of making money, are regularly testing their viruses against antivirus packages, said Mikko Hyppönen, director of antivirus research for F-Secure. “Because virus writers make money from viruses they can test them to a professional level,” said Hyppönen. “None of the existing antivirus programs will find these viruses. You can’t see anything in the registry, which makes them hard to detect. They try to hide their processes.” Full Story

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