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DDoS-based ransom tipped to be future of cybercrime

Antivirus is one of the oldest segments of the security industry. But it’s also becoming increasingly up for debate. With ever-evolving malware – whether the customisable off-the-shelf or the advanced automated polymorphic variety – detection rates for traditional signature-based AV are dropping at an alarming rate. Which means the industry is ripe for change.

Malwarebytes may not be as big as say McAfee or Symantec, but you rarely hear anyone berating the company Marcin Kleczynski founded in 2008 in the same way.

“They do have a pretty horrendous reputation, don't they?” says the CEO. “Nobody wakes up every morning and says, 'wow, Symantec helped today, or McAfee really helped today'.

Experts believe the next WannaCry may go up for sale this summer. Three security experts talk WannaCry, the future of ransomware, and what to expect from the Shadow Brokers’ next leak.

“They're the de facto standard, but that doesn't mean that they're not due for disruption. If you look at Cylance, Carbon Black, Malwarebytes etc. we're each trying to disrupt that traditional antivirus, using signatures, not innovating industry.”

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Dan is a journalist at CSO Online. Previously he was Senior Staff Writer at IDG Connect.

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