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question about the motivation of malware volunteer team


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#1 Thomsieboms

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 06:32 PM

Hello everyone,

i'm new to Bleeping computer and i learned that you guys have a team of skilled people who help people out with viruses, malware etc. ontheir computer, on a voluntary basis. Now don't get me wrong, i highly appreciate this kind of help and take my hat of and bow deeply to the people who put in their time and sweat drops to help a troubled computer user whose machine has been taken over by the dark side ;-)
I couldn't help but wonder what the reward is for those helpers.
-do they try to gain experience in removing nasty stuff?
-are they working for antivirus companies and aim to learn as much as possible from latest threats?
-are they simply crazy about computer technique and devote their spare time to deal with this as a hobby?
-is it just to help your fellow man and feel good about it? (nothing against this one ^_^ )

I am posing this questions, because it seems to me that a higly technical skill is involved and their are heaps of requests, so actually maybe people could make a living out of this in working for an antivirus company?

Any thoughts on this?
But finally, let me stress that i really find it a good cause that people are helping others out this way and i support and applaud that.

Cheers,
Thom

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 06:57 PM

From my perspective and having seen this asked and answered over the years, I've come to the conclusion that all the above and many more yet unknown, apply to our team. The reasons are as varied as the team.

One may do it because they love a complex challenge. Another may do it to 'pay it forward' (Thats a common reply). Yet another may do it for reasons only they know. With the diversity of the team the list of reasons why will be long and varied.

Suffice it to say we are eternally grateful for their help and expertise no matter what the motivation is.

But I will add that Bleeping Computer does not pay any of it's staff for their participation or help supplied. So a fat paycheck is not one of the answers you'll see. :thumbsup:

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 10:29 PM

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