I know that this world is very evil, and that the most unfathomable things go on around the clock, inside and outside of the "computer world". However, I sometimes really wonder if certain things can really be true. For example, I read this comment today:
you'd be fucked with that virus I saw back in the times. Corruped your data bit by bit, especially the rarely accessed parts. By the time you realized something was wrong, all your backups, even a year back, were already fucked in unknown places. Like changing numbers in spradsheets and databases etc. Nowadays, such malwae could be much smarter, and leave all the steuctural data intact and update the checksums so really only your data corrupts while the files still open without errors.
I don't need anyone to convince me that there are people sick enough in the head to actually waste their vast technical skills and large brain capacity on something so pointlessly evil. However, would somebody really make such a thing, in practical terms? It just sounds like so much work for something so ridiculously sinister.
I can understand something like a virus that makes you play "Russian roulette" with the computer and if you turn it off or "lose" the game, it nukes all your files. I very much believe that such a thing existed and was spread around. But this? Slowly corrupting seldom-accessed data just for the sake of ruining your backups? It seems to not even have the "teach you a lesson" moral of the viruses that killed your active files. It's just downright, pure evil.
Normally, it seems as they are either motivated by money, or by wanting to "teach the stupid lusers a lesson", such as "always back your data up or else this can happen". But this actively goes out of its way to destroy long-term backups in subtle ways, designed to not be noticed until it's too late.
I'll admit it: just reading that gave me the creeps, whether it's made-up nonsense or real. I fear malware and compromises of all kinds every second I'm using my computer, and I wish I didn't know about all these things, and that I never had to read stories or anecdotes like this.