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#1 billpocz

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 04:05 PM

Please don't laugh, as I am actually serious (for once).

This question may sound naive, but if someone has the intelligence to craft a virus, why do they do it?

Is it just to get their jollies from wrecking other peoples computers (and in some cases their lives), or is there some other financial reason that I do not know about?

Again from my perspective, if I had the computer knowledge to do that, I would rather do something that is good for society and people in general.

Just something that has been on my mind for a while...


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Posted 15 February 2008 - 07:56 PM

There's many reasons for making a virus:
- to see if they can do it
- to control others
- to make money
- boredom
- etc

Why they have the reasons is a different story. Why do people lie, cheat, and steal? Why do they hurt other people?

But, in the end, some people just don't care about anything but themselves - and it's some of those sad souls who do it.
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Posted 16 February 2008 - 07:58 AM

I was reading somewhere that someone had a theory that anti virus companies created viruses so you would buy their products. :thumbsup:

My theory though is irus creators get a kick out of other peoples suffering. Just like terrorists.

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 12:51 PM

Another thing I just read about is using a virus as a test bed for future virus concepts. For exampl, the digital picture frame viruses seem to only steal game passwords. It's speculated that this was just a test so that the virus writers can write a better virus to steal more important information.
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Posted 16 February 2008 - 10:09 PM

They knew I was out here. So it was a no-brainer........get him.

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 11:16 PM

I thought rhese were good reads on the subject
7 things to know about virus writers

What Makes Johnny (and Janey) Write Viruses?
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Posted 17 February 2008 - 01:26 PM

According to my GCSE and AS revision books, the above reasons are pretty cool.

Haha I also remember a quote from another revision book and it said that those who generally create viruses etc. are "pathetic, socially inadequete loners who have no job, or very little to do with their lives" (Or something along those lines)

So yeas...reasons such as boredom and finding things to do, for fun and too see if they actually can do it. Or maybe to annoy perhaps someone they hold a grudge against, like a company they used to work for.
Also people get paid for such things sometimes. To test security and defences of IT systems, or to test new software and how it can cope with attacks.

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 12:04 AM

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 03:16 PM

In every action, there needs to be motive and cause. I doubt that anyone gets up in the morning and honestly says, "Yay, lets see how many people we can hurt today." They might not care if they hurt people, but there is likely an alterior motive.

I would put the top ones as fame and fortune, though there are likely other causes as well. From my experience though, people tend to do horrible things for some kind of personal gain, not just to do it. Humans may be selfish, spiteful, often terrible creatures, but we act for gain of some kind, and always have motive. Despite what they are doing, hackers and malware creators are people just like the rest of us, not terrible monsters out trying to destroy the interwebs.




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