from here http://www.thenetworkadministrator.com/interviewwithavirusmaker.htm
*edited to add link. ~ Queen-Evie*
Doug: “I think I’m going to begin with the most asked question a network administrator gets; Why? Why do people write viruses?”
Bob: “That’s a question I think about the most every time someone complains to me about getting a virus, or when I’m forced to stay late at night at work and removed viruses from my computers. I think in my case it had to do with self-esteem. You have to understand that back then I was a different person. I was a Sci-Fi freak, I attended Star Trek conventions, was generally predisposed with being a nerd. And I was quick good at it too."
Doug: “What a minute! You’re still a Star Trek freak.”
Bob: "Yes Doug, but I don’t wear the ears anymore.”
Doug: “But you still own them, right?”
Bob: “But I don’t wear them. There is a difference.”
Doug: “Okay, but you would if your wife would let you.”
Doug: “Sorry. Go ahead?”
Bob: “Writing a computer virus gave me a since of power. It was like casting a spell across the world and everyone that came close to it was affected by my power. People that feel powerless sometimes do very destructive things. It's a helpless feeling to not have any control in your life. Creating viruses gave me something that I had control over, at a time in my life when I felt powerless."
Doug: "So you think that all the viruses being made are from people that feel powerless?"
Bob: "No, not all. I was just speaking for myself. It's easy to see a pattern in what a virus is suppose to do. Vanity viruses are just that; viruses that say "Look at me. I can make you react to my powers." Very seldom do you see a virus intent to destroy. With as much terrorist activity as there is, you would think that the Internet would be teaming with seek and destroy viruses, but that's not what we are seeing at all. Today's viruses are either out to annoy or retrieve data. I think a virus combing the Internet for data is more frightening than viruses that crash hard drives. And where only talking about known viruses. What about viruses that don't make themselves known? What are they doing?"
Doug: “You told me once that a virus is a hate crime against stupid people.”
Bob: “It is. Most people that contract a computer virus are multiple offenders. They see an e-mail. They don’t know who it is from. They know that if they open it there is a possibility that it may be a virus. And not only is the temptation too much for them to bare and they open it, but they also open the attachment. I’m not defending virus makers, but you have to admit that most people that contract a virus do it to themselves. That’s part of the beauty of it.”
Doug: “What do you mean?”
Bob: “The best viruses aren’t the ones that infest a protected system. Anyone can write a virus to do that. The best viruses are the ones that called, “Missionary Viruses”. These are the viruses that are propagated by stupidity. It either arrives in a mail box warning of a virus and telling the person to pass this warning to a friend, or a virus that comes in as spam and tricks the users into clicking on the attachment. The attachment then harvests the persons contact list and moves on to everyone that person knows. And if their friends are as stupid as they are, which is often the case, the cycle continues. That’s why I say viruses are nothing more than a hate crime against stupid people. .bat, .exe, .pif, are the executable extensions for the naive.”
Edited by Queen-Evie, 18 May 2013 - 09:54 AM.