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BLOG: Become a hacker. Coding experience not needed.

Antone Gonsalves | Sept. 30, 2013
Anti-virus vendors hoping to generate sales are always looking for ways to scare the bejesus out of you. While everything they say and do shouldn't be ignored, AV vendors should always be judged with their self-interest in mind.

Market researcher IDC estimates only 5 percent of all smartphones and tablets have some sort of security tools installed, yet, there has never been a wide-scale malware infection of mobile devices.

A lack of profits is the biggest reason hackers are not spending more time trying to infect smartphones. In the U.S., mobile devices are no where near as profitable has PCs, because few people use them for commerce. A recent survey by business software maker SAP found that only 38 percent of U.S. respondents used their phone for more than talking and texting.

Botezatu's demonstration is interesting, because it shows the trend toward ease-of-use in hacker software. That's important to watch, but it isn't a reason to buy AV software.


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