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What Makes Virus Writers Tick?

“Everyone agrees this is a necessary evil — you have to have antivirus software,” says Trend Micros exec David Perry. “It’s like the Red Queen said to Alice [in Wonderland]: ‘In this country, it takes all the running you can do to stay in one place.'” What do you think of when you think of someone who writes computer viruses? A teenager out of the movie “Hackers”? A disgruntled employee? Or a misanthropic hermit — the online version of the Unabomber? We may visualize virus writers in different ways, but when we are not upgrading our e-mail security, bolstering firewalls, and the like, it is natural to wonder what motivates a person to commit these crimes — which can — and do — devastate businesses. Malicious virus writers have been responsible not only for wreaking havoc on businesses on a global scale, but also for spawning a massive antivirus industry to combat them. So, what exactly is in it for the individuals who perpetrate these crimes? Full Story

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