History of malware: from script kiddies to rootkits

A scary look at how much more dangerous malware has become since the 1970s.

Bitdefender put together this cool graphic that tracks the history of malware. In the early days, many of the worms were written by so-called script kiddies looking for some recognition. Fast forward to last year, where Stuxnet was written specifically to criple Iranian nuclear facilities -- and as it has now been publically disclosed has become the blueprint for other attacks. In 2011, it was the year of the rootkit, with Android proving vulnerable. In a blast from the past, this summer Windows users were treated to Morto, a worm spreading by Windows Remote Desktop.

How many of these outbreaks can you remember? How many affected your network?

Copyright © 2011 IDG Communications, Inc.

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