Who creates a virus?


Who creates a virus?

Every one has a question who creates virus? And there a famous theory about it  that “Anti-virus company creates there own virus and then they create an anti-virus to solve this problem and boost their sales“.

It is not hard to consider this might be really happening when we consider the cloud of doubt over anti-virus companies – such as Kaspersky’s alleged links with the Russian government. But no anti-virus company has so far been proven to carry out such an activity.

The basic idea behind this theory, is that an anti-virus company will make profits if its able to create and then block virus attacks. Firstly, there are already plenty of viruses and trojans out there that justify a person’s need to buy an anti-virus software and if at all, companies felt that more viruses were needed to increase sales, we would be hearing of multiple virus attacks on MacBooks or iPhones considering the few number of malware attacks that these platforms currently face.

Secondly, viruses, trojans and bots of today are not as simple to produce. While we do not realize it, a modern day virus takes hundreds of hours of programming if not more. Based on the source code of previous viruses, experts estimate that around 1-3 months of programming effort is needed to create the viruses.

The CEO of Emisoft has revealed in a blog post, that the company adds around 30,000 – 50,000 new malware signatures each day to their product database. In a month, this number usually reaches half a million and the total number has crossed 13 million at the time of writing this.

If we believe that a company create its own virus then it would first invest money to create a virus and also spend lot of money to maintain that virus then it would be able to earn profit after a long time. So when we take the details of the previous paragraph into consideration, all this investment would do, is to build 1 out of 30,000 new viruses created each day. It is clear form this data  that it makes no financial sense for an anti-virus company to create their own viruses.

Now it is proven that there  lack of financial gain evident, we consider the reason why this question has never been proven. While it might not be that difficult for a company to create a new virus, it will be difficult for them to protect themselves from that virus without raising suspicion. At least some users of their own anti-virus products will have to get infected before the company can release updates to protect them from the virus. That directly leads to unhappy customers.

On the other hand, imagine the questions that will be raised if only one product is able to defend against a virus while all others fail.

A virus that affects lot of  people will be examined by security experts and almost every major detected virus has been traced back to its creators. And no  company want to loose its reputation and customers if a virus was traced back to them, . In conclusion, it is proved that disadvantages of create own virus is greater then its benefits and no company creates its own virus.

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