At this point, its a rare person or company that has not been touchedmeaning annoyed or, even worse, crippledby one of the seemingly constant crop of computer viruses and worms that spring to life and garner huge media attention.
This may be fun and games for hackers who still hold on to a romantic view of themselves as solitary knights attacking the impregnable fortress headquartered in Redmond, Wash.
There are, however, indications that the thrill of worm creation has taken a darker turn and that criminal intent has become the prime motivator for such activities. Identity theft, selling stolen e-mail addresses and other forms of privacy invasion are, according to experts, becoming more widespread.
This presents a growing danger to citizens of all stripes who now conduct much of their business and communication online.
Whatever the motivation for the hacking or virus creation, it is time for the government to step in and start coming down really hard on these predators, to show others what their “sport” will cost them.