Is it true that antivirus vendors are responsible for writing the viruses they are trying to protect me from?
Elvis is dead, man did land on the moon and antivirus vendors do not write viruses.
This old nugget is a conspiracy theory that has been doing the rounds for quite some time now. Though it still makes us chuckle to think of the consequences if it were true, the fact that anyone still thinks it could be is also a source of extreme frustration.
There are, quite literally, millions of pieces of malicious code out in the wild and no company would have the time to write it all.
Criminals and other attackers are responsible for creating thousands of new viruses every day though and they do so with the aim of making far more money than an antivirus vendor could ever hope to form offering the cure to a problem some foolishly believe is of their own making.
The only conspiracy – or shady practice – surrounding the creation and use of malware is the way in which certain government agencies have deployed it, i.e. the US government’s use of Stuxnet to target nuclear centrifuges in an Iranian facility
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