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How past threats and technical developments influence the evolution of malware

How past threats and technical developments influence the evolution of malware (Innovation and Research)

If we want to anticipate how malware will evolve in the near future, we have to keep two things in mind: past threats and current technical developments. “The evolution of malware-related threats is like a sine wave movement, re-infused by new technology developments,” Christiaan Beek, Lead Scientist and Senior Principal Engineer, McAfee, told Help Net Security. An infosecurity industry veteran, he’s been with security technology company McAfee (or Intel Security, as it was known for a short while) since 2011, in different threat intelligence/incident response/research roles. For organizations, malware that intercepts/steals company data from executives’ and employees’ devices and authentication factors delivered via SMS is the biggest threat, he pointed out. “Sharing malware data between vendors is very useful, which is why McAfee is one of the founding organizations of the Cyber Threat Alliance,” he explained.

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