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Most Destructive Malware of the Year

Computer malware is on the rise. With many developments in digital technologies, computer viruses are evolving to be more discreet, provide greater control and be better at stealing confidential information. Even with the latest updates in antimalware software, one can find numerous viruses that are still successful at infecting systems.

Today most common resources and services use the internet and computer systems. From transportation, communication, infrastructure, social network, and banks all employ networks and computers. These systems have become vital to our daily activities and store enormous amounts of sensitive data. Hackers often target such large scale computer systems such as government resources and corporate servers in order to extort money or steal bulks of data. 2018 has already witnessed some of the worst computer viruses in the digital world. A list of some of the deadliest viruses of this year is mentioned below.

  • ILOVEYOU - This malware was first documented in Hong Kong after it had already caused widespread damage. It was found infecting the servers of businesses and the government alike, and many computers to this date are found infected with this malware. The vector for this attack was an email to the victim which when opened spread the payload and sent it to all other addresses stored in the victim's mailing list. The virus was originally designed by a Filipino student and caused around $10 billion worth of damage.
  • CODE RED - Code Red was first observed way back in 2001. It was designed in China and chose web browsers as its target. The virus initially infected vulnerable websites which transferred itself to visitors on the website through their web browsers. The virus infected more than 10 thousand websites across the world. The main target of the virus were systems operating on the IIS web server feature of Microsoft.
  • MyDoom - Created in 2004, MyDoom spread at an alarming pace when it was first detected. The virus can provide unauthorized access to the attacker by blocking its access to the network. The virus opens up a backdoor and provides access to the attacker. The damage caused by this virus amounted to around $38 billion.

There are a lot of other viruses that are extremely harmful in nature such as Zeus and Stuxnet and Conficker. While these viruses were complex and lethal, they ultimately relied on pre-existing vulnerabilities in the system and the recklessness of users.

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