Until virus authors realised that they could use their malware to create zombie PCs to send out spam email, there was no real incentive to create a virus other than fame and bragging rights.There even used to be a persistent rumour that anti virus companies secretly created the virusses that they blocked to sustain their businesses.
Similarly, I suspect that the makers of spam filtering software have ties to the Chinese companies that try to sell me V!agra. No spam – no filtering business. Conspiracies all around, right?
At least there now is some proof that supports my theory. Those pesky makers of spyware and adware are supported by companies that we all know and deal with: American Express, Sprint PCS, Disney, Expedia have blood on their hands, Harvard University law student Ben Edelman, told Cnet. Edelman has researched and publicized findings on how spyware and adware programs work.
Sometimes a little cynisms can be a healthy treat. Although I admit that I sometimes I overdose on it.
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