I think a lot of this is exteremely speculative and highly
questionable. It is certainly laden with stereotypes. The whole
idea of the "maladjusted male who hasn't quite grown up" is
a persistent piece of cultural mythology. There is probably
some truth to it, but it is overblown.
With the fact that viruses (Latin Plurals get cumbersome here;)
With some viruses getting very sophisticated and perhaps being
used to be spread spam makes it unlikely that it is all that
simple. Without having a larger number of people who make viruses
to talk about it we can only guess.
It will be intetresting if viruses evolve in the direction of doing
very little to disturb the computer user but steal idle cycles to
accomplish the virus makers wishes, like distributing email etc.
What I am saying this is an interesting question but usually a
few stereotypes are trotted out and that it is about it. it must be
admitted that I have known some people who they how to would get
great joy of upsetting the hyper-capitalist, anti-nature technical
world. I am somewhat biased, since I used it, see more postive than
negative from it I don't agree with their ideas, but those I know of
this ilk are so negative towards it, they know little about it and
how it works. Besides Hummers makes much more visible targets to
dump gasoline on and torch. Although most of my close friends even of
the anti-tech ilk would prefer to sticker offending vehicles or at worse
ruining the paint job, tho none have got even to the spray paint phase.
they haven't burnt my workstation, nor do I think they plan to do do.
Now if I worked in a lab with experimental animals it might be different.
> The clarification for today is rather longish and documentary-like.
> With my love for computers,
> * * *
> -WHO CREATES VIRUSES?
> By Timofey Saytarly
> Date: May 30, 2003
> Viruses are known well, but "virus-makers" are not. According to Sarah
> Gordon from Symantec the generalized nature of virus-makers is the
> following. They are men of 13-26 years, rather clever or overwhelmed with
> desire of self-assertion and to become members of certain society; as a
> they are encouraged with revenge, sociopolitical motives, desire to show
> weakness of technologies, and just with mere curiosity. As a rule, such
> "virus-maker" creates viruses not with the purpose of causing harm, but to
> be in "advance of technologies ".
> Often "virus-makers" do not aim to do harm to someone intentionally; they
> dispatch viruses as "experiment". They do not realize that damage which is
> done by their "creations" and do not understand that they became
> of lots of problems. Frequently they are estranged from a real life and
> in own illusory world.
> Sarah Gordon thinks that even toughening legislation cannot stop
> "virus-makers". Interrogation has shown that "virus-makers" would not
> the business even knowing about criminal prosecution for virus
> Sarah Gordon doesn't consider virus-makers as hackers. Hackers aspire to
> the control over computer systems, virus-makers only send a virus by
> "Virus-makers" believe they do something "cool" and high-end. But actually
> it is not so. Computer viruses are rather simple programs and it is not
> necessary to have profound knowledge for virus-making. And at the age of
> 24-25 years most of them understand it, lose interest and give up this
> * * *
> -I LOVE YOU
> By Franziska Nori, digitalcraft
> [only excerpts]
> What exactly are computer viruses? Who programs them and why? What kind of
> world is hidden behind this daily phenomenon