Surprisingly enough also behind virii are their creators.
But just to clear things up - virii do not spoof email addresses - what some of them do is use the machine they have infected to send out mail to whomever using your smtp engine and your email address. This is not spoofing - this is simple usage of your machine as a mail machine. Real spoofing in a case like this would be to rather than mail itself out using the address of the person infected, it takes a random name from the infected person's address book and mails itself out as that person. That makes it impossible to figure out which infected person's machine sent that email to you.
The fight and anger against not only spam but also spoofing and all the numerous other things that are thrown against the average end user - you and millions others, should be against those that create these and not against the "programs" themselves.
BTW, email addresses are also gathered in various other ways, - bots that trawl websites and pick up email addresses , lists and places like yahoo that have member directories that are open to the public, there are also programs that run name dictionaries against for example "@hotmail" - can you imagine how easy it would be to find Pam@hotmail, Pam1@hotmail,Pam2@hotmail and so on and so on.
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