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11.3 Authors

Not much is known about the people who write and install programmed threats, largely because so few have been identified. Based on those authors who are known to authorities, they can probably be grouped into a few major categories.

No matter what their numbers or motives, authors of code that intentionally destroys other people's data are vandals. Their intent may not be criminal, but their acts certainly are. Portraying these people as heroes or simply as harmless "nerds" masks the dangers involved and may help protect authors who attack with more malicious intent.


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