AVG Finds 11-Year-Old Kids Are Writing Malware

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smrj

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jaygregz

When I was 11 I had a perpetual boner and my 3 1/2 inch floppy became a hard drive for the first time. The only C++ I ever saw was in gym class and because my dad didn't use a trojan I ended up with a little sister.

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bjoswald

But don't count on AVG to catch any of it.

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AFDozerman

I'm not actually all that surprised. I remember hearing awhile back about a children's java programming contest put on by... Oracle? I can't remember who owns java.

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AFDozerman

I'm not actually all that surprised. I remember hearing awhile back about a children's java programming contest put on by... Oracle? I can't remember who owns java.

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ApathyCurve

This gives the term "script kiddies" a whole new meaning.

I was typing code from a book on BASIC into an Apple when I was 11 years old and thought I was Sierra Hotel. No so much, I guess...

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devin3627

f***ing kitsunekaji comment below.... the place my dad worked went out of business and he got me a DOS and bought a few 5.25 floppy games. i randomly typed "tree" thinking of all the words i could think of and that accidently did something. kids may not know how to communicate or speak english language that well, but hell all i give a damn about is making games of my own since i had a nintendo. these little devils are going up into sociopath human beings who will cheat their way through life with mixed motives. listen to AVG, all it has to be is one kid to do this... trust me! view this youtube video, call me crazy but this kid was taking college courses in 2nd grade!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR36jrx_L44

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kitsunekaji

There seems to be some kind of misunderstanding here. I started READING books and practising on DOS when I was about 10. Why? Because I like to know how things work, and like you, I wanted to play some games while I was at it.
Just as how you can use a car to transport an injured person, in order to save their lives, it could also be used to kill someone.
It all depends on the person using the tool, and the training they have had.
It is true that many people use their skills for evil, but mistreating anyone that has special skills from an early age is senseless. If it was not for people like those, many of the advancements made in technology, music, arts, etc, would not where they are today.
Please, think before you talk/act! Just because you may have had a bad experience, does not mean that you should give up on doing something that is, or can be beneficial.
Simply put, nothing GOOD comes easily.
Good to see that you didn't give up on computers!

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Engelsstaub

STFU.

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kitsunekaji

Hey, as long as you put your mind to it, there is little that canot be accomplished.
At age 11, I was working on IBM PC/ATs with monochrome/green/amber text monitors, and 5.25" floppy disks. Hard drives had not made it home as yet. Those were the days, learning DOS on my own, and doing stuff system admins didn't do.
When I go on an interview nowadays, they look at me like I'm a liar. When I tell them that I started using computers at 10, they equate it to sitting their kids in front of a GUI and letting them play around. Little do they know....
Btw..C++ is SWEEEEEEEEET! I just love it. Too bad I don't get to program any more. :(

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cownaetion

"Little do they know....
Btw..C++ is SWEEEEEEEEET! I just love it. Too bad I don't get to program any more."

After reading this I wouldn't (and don't) believe or take you seriously. People who actually think they know so much yet know so little.

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kitsunekaji

Okay. You DO realise that I did not say that I was programming in C++ at the age of 11 right? I learned to program in over 5 languages in college. C++ was, by far, the most enjoyable, and it was powerful too. I even tutored others in the programming languages, but, sad to say, forgot a lot of it since I did not make a career out of it.
What's not to believe?
Maybe my wording gave you the wrong impression? You ARE correct about my knowing so little though, since I am ALWAYS learning news things, despite decades of exposure / tutelage. :)

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Nixon

"Baby Godfather and financial advisor kid? Yeah just hacked into their bank accounts." Hahaha!

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QuantumCD

Hah. Of course 11 year-old's can code. When I was 11 I was writing a game engine with a few friends in C++ and OpenGL. A waste? Maybe, but I'll have a job in the future and they'll be in jail should they pursue this.

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MaximumMike

Learning C++ and Open GL is probably not a waste. I would bet my bottom dollar that C++ will still be here long after a lot of currently hot 4G languages are dead.

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Astrognome

I agree. C++ has been around for a looooong time, it's Turing complete, and you can do pretty much anything a computer is capable of, and it has unmatched manual memory control.

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