A good article interviewing worm and virus writers in Europe. And what a nice bunch of teenagers they seem to be.
“For the top worm writers, the goal is to make something that’s brand new. A truly innovative worm, Philet0ast3r said, ‘is like art’. To allow his malware to travel swiftly online, the virus writer must keep its code short and efficient. ‘One condition of art,’ he noted, ‘is doing good things with less.'”
Those of us who have battled infections, despite the best efforts our anti-virus programs, may disagree.