When some jerk writes a computer virus and releases it on the Internet, what is he* trying to prove? Is it:
A: Show off for friends. “Wait till my geeky virus buddies see how bad I can write.”
B: John Hinkley syndrome. “Some girl snubbed me, so I’ll just hurt others until she notices me.”
C: Challenge the clock. “How far can my virus go and how much damage can it do before a cure is able to stop it?”
D: Some other motivation.
And as a secondary question: What would be an appropriate punishment when virus writers get caught?
*Please excuse the masculine pronouns; no slight is intended to the female virus writers out there.