Those of you who follow me on Facebook (yes, I am involved with the Demon Portal!) may have seen an announcement I made there today, in the guise of a ‘status update’. For those who didn’t, I shall repeat it, in a little bit more detail.
Those of you who know me fairly well will know that I am passionate about security on the internet. I detest those characters who have made it their (very sad) life’s mission to make the internet not only unpleasant but potentially lethal to our computers. Indeed, I consider it entirely feasible that these people could cause even more damage to individuals. For example, denying a housebound person their one window on the world, forcing them into a downward spiral of depression culminating in an early demise. In another possible scenario, a person of frail condition, discovering that the computer they don’t understand has been utterly trashed by a virus could, potentially, at the moment of discovery suffer a coronary, leading, again, to an early death. Extreme? Perhaps, but not beyond the bounds of possibility! I don’t, therefore, care how mentally ill these people may be, there can never be any excuse for their behaviour!
I, along with the rest of the internet community, have been guilty of permitting these vile individuals the (dubious) honour of possessing special terms, denoting their own specialised sphere of activity. The names ‘Spammer’, ‘Troll’, ‘Hacker’, ‘Black Hat’ and the like litter websites from here to the vanishing point. Worse, these sick people actually glory in their designations, and form communities… on the internet! This is an affront to us all. But how have we handled it? We continue to use the terms, or we fall back on ‘the bad guys’. To me, ‘the bad guys’ includes those unhappy people who drag you down into their own sorry worlds of depression, bigotry, hate, and other purely unpleasant natures.
This morning, in a moment of sheer inspiration, arising from a a comment that elicited a (then) joking remark from myself, I made a discovery. I could use a totally new term. A collective term for the worst of the worst, but excluding those people who are simply unlikeable. It sums up the destructive nature of my target groups while denying them any specialisation acknowledgement. I also happen to think it’s very descriptive of their nature, and worth.
So, what is this new term? It is, quite simply: the termites of the internet! If you feel so moved, please, feel free to use this term whenever you wish to mention any, or all, of the destructive element who plague our lives in this virtual world!