Online threats and malware have been plaguing Internet users for more than 20 years now. While today’s cybercsecurity headlines often refer to the latest data breaches, Facebook scams, and the 1410% increase in the Android malware volume, it is interesting to note that the tools cybercriminals use today are, in a sense, the BRAIN-child (pun intended) of two Pakistani brothers who ironically wanted to do good and to prevent software piracy. From the PC boom in the 1980s to the rise of the Internet and connectivity from the 1990s to the 2000s, Trend Micro has been closely monitoring technological advancements in information exchange as well as how malware and online threats grew from their roots as pesky computer viruses to the notorious information-stealing programs of today.
In 2010, Google had $29.3 billion in revenue. To put things in perspective, this is more than the GDP of the 28 poorest countries… combined! Despite all of Google’s products and services, 97% of Google’s business revenue is still from advertising. Google has made a major push to capitalize on the growing use of mobile phones. $2,500,000,000 of Google’s ad revenue comes from mobile ads, which is supposed to double by the end of 2011.