Who Are These Guys?

Who are creating these computer programs that disrupt the lives of millions of people around the world in the name of love? Why are they doing this to us?

When the author or authors of this virus get nabbed (and you can bet they will be; the FBI is eager to show off its newly deployed National Infrastructure Protection squads), chances are they will be young men. David Smith was 31 when he pleaded guilty to distributing the Melissa virus. "Mafiaboy," the Montreal youth charged with disabling CNN.COM in February, is 15.

Because most viruses require little in the way of...

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