Unlike the first malware authors who wrote viruses seeking fame through destruction, their motivation has changed to financial gain.
Nevertheless, there are still the ones out there who share the first authors’ intent. I was analysing a simple Trojan today and saw the following message:
It is not uncommon for malware authors to leave messages in their code for Researchers to read.
This one did bring a smile to my face, so he was rewarded by it being named BackDoor-EKD which is an increment of one from BackDoor-EKC 😉