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initiating a virus

by user470 / July 13, 2010 8:27 PM PDT

Can someone explain to me why a person would deliberately send out a virus to innocent people enjoying their computers, causing these people much misery? Does this person need to see a psychiatrist? user470

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Re: why
by Kees Bakker / July 13, 2010 8:33 PM PDT
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One good reason: if they are paid for it.


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To Kees
by user470 / July 13, 2010 11:19 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: why

To Kees: Who would pay them for it? Thank you. user470

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(NT) I Agree With Kees: $$$$$$$$$
by Carol~ Moderator / July 13, 2010 8:41 PM PDT
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(NT) Hi Carol!
by Kees Bakker / July 13, 2010 8:45 PM PDT
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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 13, 2010 8:52 PM PDT
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Whilst I was composing my own reply, 3 other posts were made!

Hi Carol, Kees.

I never got paid for my viruses! Er, I mean...!


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Hi There! My Sincerest Regrets About Your Loss, Kees :(
by Carol~ Moderator / July 13, 2010 9:22 PM PDT
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The upside is.. you didn't travel far to witness it.

Hasta Luego! Devil



Hi Mark! - It's no wonder there were 3 replies "whilst" you were composing your own.

Kees and I took the easy way out.

Isn't it ALWAYS about .. "the money"???


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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 13, 2010 9:23 PM PDT
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Re: loss of final
by Kees Bakker / July 14, 2010 4:07 AM PDT

Until then?


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Winners for making it to the finals, IMO. *Some* didn't. :(
by Carol~ Moderator / July 14, 2010 5:31 AM PDT
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Hasta luego? Not "hasta luego" as in .. "I'll see you at 6 for dinner".

"Hasta luego" as in .. "See ya 'round". Or at least that's how I remember it from my high school days, ten long years ago.

Yolanda? I decided to change my name. Simple as that. Silly

Carol .. I decided to change it back! Happy

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It's an unusual question
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 13, 2010 8:51 PM PDT
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and difficult to answer. I suspect you would want a simple answer, one that would satisfy your curiosity and explain everything. It's a bit like the philosophical question, "Why are we here?"

There is a simple answer. BECAUSE THEY CAN!

But of course, that is too simplistic and is largely no longer the case.

Perhaps I can describe my own experiences. When I started with internet capable computers in 1995 the internet was a much simpler, cruder, and more innocent experience. Besides email and a few text based web sites, there wasn't much else. No music, no videos, not even any images, no online commerce. Most of the information I sought, on computers, or other interests I had like Astronomy and space exploration, I found in Newsgroups. I had very few email contacts.

But already the 'script kiddies' had started, sending emails whose contents could be converted into executable files which, when you ran them, would display some message or other on the screen as a joke. That soon developed into executables that could do damage, like deleting files, or trashing whole systems. In my opinion that was the start of viruses and we had to learn very quickly not to trust anything that didn't look right. There were no firewalls, and no anti-viruses, in those days.

Why did they do this? Because they could. They were learning about the functions of computers and how to code. It was fun for them.

It's developed since then. It is big business, and I mean, HUGE. It is now largely criminal in nature to steal information and data, to steal money, or to take down computer systems.

Why has the criminal side got involved? Because the rewards are counted in the millions of dollars.

There you go. That's why.


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Where/Why Greed Enters The Picture..
by Carol~ Moderator / July 14, 2010 12:57 AM PDT
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The below article is over a year and half old. The only thing which may have changed over time, is the amount of money to be gained. It will also answer the question you asked Kees. "Who would pay them for it?"

The first two sentences of this article read: "How much money can criminals make scaring na

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