Sven Jaschan might be the most visible virus author of the moment, I doubt he represents the top of the virus guild for the simple reason that he got caught.
Jaschan created the Sasser and Netsky viruses, which together caused several billion dollars in damage. Today he confessed before a German judge.
The true virus geniuses however don't go for the big bang. They create niche viruses that infect only several thousand computers and rent out those botnets to spammers and DDOS-attackers (distributed denial of service).
Those viruses remain undetected because they lack the volume to get detected by anti-virus software makers. Jaschan however was probably just playing around and things got a little out of hand and he probably was gloating about his nefariousness a bit too much.
Jaschan is an amateur, or irrelevance as the I-Kew calls it. Becoming the best virus writer today isn't about causing the most damage in terms of money of infected computers. It's about remaining undetected. If you want to show off year greatness, you'd better do in the legal world. Crime and fame don't mix very well.
Photo credit: Bartlomiej Stroniski
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