shubhraguptaat April 02,2017 The malware has evolved drastically over the years from just being harmless to bring damage to the device and also to steal critical information. This video provides a timeline view of this change took place.
jahmadat April 02,2017 Great video, a thorough analysis of the different types of malware over the years. You can see how even newer malware, although different, the core is the same as all the beginning malware. It also shows that we need things such as neural networks to help with the constant new threats as humans arent capable of keeping up with the new amount of malware that gets created daily. This video provides some good insight and makes me want to look into reverse engineering.
ftj258at April 05,2017 Pretty good video. Long of course. May be two parts would have been good. But other than that, this video makes me think. The evolution of virus says a lot about the attackers. Initially most of the viruses were visual. it played pranks on the user. that says that they were created by young peoples just playing pranks without a real motive other than just to have fun. The impact was minimum, But now you have malware that run silently but impact could be huge. The motive is mostly financial gain. And often times these malware are created by adults and potentially sophisticated individuals and/or organizations.
student0at April 16,2017 Everything has changed, and nothing has changed. I liked how the presenter made the comparison between modern viruses and the original virus—Brain. They both infected the boot sector of the hard drive and were rootkits. I find that interesting, because I wonder if commonalities between original and modern viruses can help point out certain characteristics that will be present in future viruses, worms, and malware. I also had not known the demographic transition of malware authors from being primarily from Western European countries/U.S. to being from Eastern Europe/Russia. This guy definitely knows his stuff and really drives home the value of experience in the computer forensics industry.
thornerat April 17,2017 Interesting watching this in 2011...crazy how many advancements have been made in just 6 years. Scary to think about what viruses will be developed in another 6, 10, or 50 years. I was not surprised that the first PC virus was on a floppy but I was surprised that malware was put on a floppy considering how little data a floppy can hold. Pretty funny that the developers put their address in the code.
I think the most interesting aspect of the video was how viruses evolved from nuisances, to data overwrite, to locking files to gain money, to cyber espionage. Also worth noting that older viruses made a point of adding bells and whistles so that the user knew they were infected whereas today almost all viruses make a point to run in the background with no user knowledge. I like that he touched on Stuxnet since I just watched the video and read the article on Stuxnet. I am still amazed by the power and anonymity of the virus.
I think this guy would have benefitted from a few less examples of the viruses - the point could have come across with less examples. Some of them were cool to learn about but less would have been more in this case - still very cool to get a history of viruses and really think about all the changes.