NEWS FROM THE LAB - Friday, August 5, 2011

Gizmodo: Mikko's Brain Posted by Sean @ 17:15 GMT

Why do hackers hack?

Our Mikko Hypponen sat down with Gizmodo's Mat Honan earlier this week to discuss that question.

Mikko's Brain
Mikko's (copy of) Brain


Why do hackers hack? Why create a worm that sends out an email to everyone in your contact list, or a Trojan that deletes your term papers? Is it mischief, malice, money, or something else entirely?

This is the question that was on my mind when I met with Mikko Hypponen, a legendary computer security heavyweight who has been hunting viruses for 25 years—since Brain.a, the first PC computer virus.

Read more: Why Hackers Write Computer Viruses