Where have all the hackers gone?

Infamous malware group calls it quits | The Register:

The shutters are being pulled down on old school virus writers’ group 29A.

One of the last remaining members, VirusBuster, has posted what appears to be the group’s valedictory. “I tried to contact ValleZ for some time in order to take a decision together about the future of 29A with no luck therefore I decided to take the decision alone. And my decision is that 29A goes officially retired. I feel this is fair because I am kinda the alpha and the omega of the group. 29A was born in Dark Node, my BBS, and I am the last active member of the group,” VirusBuster writes. “29A has left the building!”
As previously reported, other less well known VXer groups are dying the death, a development symptomatic of changes in the malware market. Profit has replaced mischief, intellectual curiosity, or a desire to make a name for yourself as the motive for creating malware.

Everything gets professionalized eventually. That’s the nature of market economies. (Which of course is why they’re ultimately a dead end.)

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