Malware today & in the future

This article is a good summary of the state of malware development today and what we need to start bracing for. While most malware will continue to be of the general kind, spreading like fire, a new breed of targeted malware is emerging. One piece of malware
was written specifically to crawl for, and to steal intellectual property. What was most unusual about the malware is that could crawl different file types -- Excel, PDF, for instance -- for intellectual property to steal, Hoglund says. Then it would encrypt and send the stolen information to its own servers.
Some malware has attacked researchers' hosts and networks while other variants can detect if they are running in a virtual machine, a common practice to isolate and study malware.

Src: Rare Malware A Hint Of Threats To Come | DarkReading

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