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In the mid 90ths we were in the far west in term of cybersecurity. Hacking and phreaking techniques were used next to various viruses and worms that where just build for fun. Security was so week that with a simple TXT tutorial a kid could take down an important server or BSOD a friends’ PC!
Now security has improved in both technical implementation and method, however cybercrime is now stronger and organized. It is rare to find a build from scratch malware, now specialists are dedicated to each malware part (exploitation, cryptor, rootkit, packer, banker, and others...). Virus evolved to become multi-module arsenal with autoprotection. They generate a lot of money in businesses such as botnet rent, stealing identify, robbing credit card numbers. If the 90ths was the far west, now we could say we are in the "chicago" period!! Hoping that the fact most organizations and governments are using malwares as weapons does not bring us to the "World War" era!