Computer malware has drastically increased over the last 20 years and it shows no sign of slowing down. On the contrary, malware spreads like ever before causing more critical situations as well as threatening the entire online economy in the process. Despite of the critical threat malware represents governments and the anti-virus communities have not yet managed to get the upper hand in the fight against malware and their creators.
This thesis analyzes the development of malware using the theory and methodology of Social Construction of Technology set forward by Bijker and Pinch. My empirical data is from relevant companies and organizations around Oslo and has been gathered from interviews. (Watchcom Security Group, Symantec Norway, international hackers and The National Criminal Investigation Service)
My thesis traces the development of computer malware, looking at factors that have influenced the process and the power play between relevant social groups who wants to shape the development. It also highlights social and structural reasons why the government and the anti-virus industry have failed to contain malware.