at May 04,2015
Learned a bunch of stuff I didn't know before. Who knew the first piece of PC malware was called Brain.A and fit on a floppy? Interesting stuff for sure. I also really enjoyed the map showing the outbreak of StormWorm. Good breakdown of malware evolution overall.
at July 14,2015
Very cool video. I remember dealing with boot viruses on floppy disks in the early 90s even. Very good presentation and is a must watch for anyone wanting to know about the evolution of viruses/trojans/worms, etc.
at October 11,2015
This was a very interesting video to watch. I was surprised that older malware simply display funny messages to infected users. It was also interesting to see how over time malware evolved from doing harmless pranks, to making millions of dollars from malware campaigns. I was also surprised to see how quick some the malware examples were able to spread in such short periods of time.
at October 26,2015
It’s awesome seeing the change in the driving forces behind the creation of computer viruses over the years. This video really highlights the shift from hobby to money making and weaponization. I really like the way he ended the talk, making us think about where viruses are going in the future. I think mobile device viruses are just getting warmed up, and will be a much larger problem soon. Beyond that, I think wearables will also be an infection area of concern in the future.
at November 15,2015
I remember the days of no firewall in Windows. We had to buy it separately in addition to the antivirus. I also recall the days before the prevalence of malware, when benign experimentation was the norm. As things progressed and people wanted to operate covertly, the malware went from being visible to being invisible. I especially remember this with Spyware. Spyware used to cripple a system, making it very important to find and remove. When Spyware stared operating without crippling the system, the need for removal was less obvious. The threat has evolved from vandalism to theft, the crippling of civil infrastructures, to cyberwarfare. This was a very educational piece. I really enjoy presentations that capture my attention and inspire me to investigate further. This was definitely one of those.