Why Are Virus Writers So Tough To Catch?
The fight to rout Sasser and its ilk is fraught with ethical ambiguities. “Out of the 75,000 viruses that are written each year, all but 1,000 never infect anybody. So is it a crime to just write a virus?” asked David Perry of Trend Micro. “We are an open society. Do we give up all those [liberties] that make us Americans?” The Sasser worm author has confessed. Great, say many in the beleaguered tech industry. But why don’t the authorities responsible for investigating virus attacks have a better track record? For one thing, because computer viruses are so common, and the average damage to each user tends to be low, most investigatory resources are directed toward more quantifiably harmful computer crimes, such as fraud and embezzlement. Full Story