Recently, VentureBeat explored a group of malware producers that are likely responsible for over 30% of all mobile malware infections. While the piece explores how one malware “company” functions, it points to a larger truth that the malware economy, and many other black hat economies by extension, are much larger and highly structured than many of us imagined. Malware and other black market businesses have startups with lean methods, investors looking for an adequate return percentage and conglomerates that acquihire smaller firms to add to their strength.
While the report mentioned in the VentureBeat piece focuses on newly discovered Russian malware businesses, be sure that this structured and familiar kind of business occurs worldwide. The fact that these shady firms are employing such Harvard Business Review approved tactics goes to show that best practices are best practices, regardless of what side of the law you are on. You can take a look at the diagram of the malware lifecycle below, and read through the VentureBeat article for a closeup view on one firm’s tactics. If you’re a mobile startup, feel free to seek some inspiration – while staying on the legal side of things of course.
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