littleneutrino, on 03 May 2012 - 14:43, said:
makes you wonder how stupid these virus makers are. if you have to pay them then there is a money trail.
It's the usual motive for malware nowadays.. money. Stealing credentials, hijacking accounts, advertisement displays, ransomware, etc etc. Don't usually see the old "I'll nuke your bootloader just because" types of malware much anymore. Agreed with MiukuMac above too; it can be traced, but depending on where it's at, it may be near impossible to punish.