Sorry to hear your rave...no I am not that clever to be able to write a virus,can barely find my way around the PC. These people are not silly,and not inconsiderate,they definately consider their actions.I believe it is the same thing as Graffiti writers or contestants on Big bros.that moment of fame.I dont think they would key your car,or pee on the toilet seat,or even drop litter,much too obvious for them and liable to be frowned upon when they are caught. Their buzz as you put it is the power to cause ripples,to show the world they can make a mark,from their stuffy bedrooms. Its that they cant shine in any other way,not clever enough to create,or not original enough to create anything original anyway. Its a shame,but..what can you do......... geoff47
I was reading in another mag recently about a course in the university of Calgary in Canada titled 'Computer Viruses and Malware', the course focuses on the "developement of malicious software such as viruses, worms and Trojan horses"
One statement from a rep of Sophos Anti-Virus wonders if the uni will be held legally and financially responsible if any viruses written on the course escapes (or more likely is released, this last in brackets is my opinion, not that of Sophos rep) and infects peoples computers.
The link to the course is at click here if you want to read more.