In the Media

Vandals turn a profit

PUBLISHED November 25, 2004

The shady world of the virus writer is changing. Programmers of computer viruses used to do it for fun, out of intellectual curiosity, or just bloody-mindedness, infecting computers with malevolent code because they could. But now there are worrying signs that virus writing has evolved into a lucrative industry, with spammers, mobsters and blackmailers in on the act.