The Evolution of Modern Malware: Technology Trends and Motivations
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Over the past decade, malware has continued to evolve to adapt to increasing pressure from prevention and detection technologies. Techniques that were relied upon previously are no longer effective, while some persist across generations and families. This lecture paints a picture of how malware has adapted across numerous platforms, including Windows, Linux, OSX, and mobile devices. It describes an iterative evolutionary chain of advancements that has been observed from years of malware analysis efforts—perhaps including a surprising trend. Throughout the lecture, potential motivations for attackers will be addressed, providing a foundation for understanding future threats.