Showing off and being a jerk are pretty self-explanatory but the money side of it is really fascinating. Here is how people make money by making computer viruses:
Bank Account Theft: These jerks are more than happy to help themselves to your financial details. They can sneak in and steal your bank particulars like your login and credit card information. They are pleased to transfer your funds and go on a shopping spree on your dime. Sometimes they simply sell your data to the highest bidder.
Ransomeware: Sometimes a virus will encode your files and demand money to unlock the code. Without a true backup plan, I'm afraid you are at their mercy. They will give you information on how to pay and a deadline before your files are destroyed.
Ad Swappers: This is when the jerks create a virus that puts annoying ads on the websites you visit or when they put affiliate codes on pages that you buy from-so they get a percentage for a "referral fee". Their percentage does not cost you any more and you may not even know that you are supporting them.
Botnets: Some infected computers can be remotely controlled to do whatever the virus maker wants. They might set the infected bot computers to overwhelm a certain web server-like an e-commerce store. The virus can blackmail the store by threatening to crash their site on the biggest buying day of the year unless they pay them thousands of dollars.
Account stealing: Subscription accounts like Netflix and Hulu are often hijacked, leaving you to pay the bill for someone else’s entertainment.
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