Chinese virus writer seeks employment as security expert

Graham Cluley

A Chinese virus writer says he hopes to put his past misdemeanours behind him, and find work in the computer security business, now he has been released from jail.

28-year-old Li Jun wrote the Fujacks worm (also known as Worm.Whboy) which made headlines in 2007 because it converted icons of infected programs into a picture of a panda burning joss-sticks as it stole usernames and passwords from online games players.

According to media reports from China, Li’s good behaviour meant he did not have to serve his full prison sentence of four years, and yesterday he arrived in Beijing to pursue his dream to find a job in the anti-virus business.

It remains to be seen if Li is successful in his job search or not – but I have to admit that it would leave an ugly taste in my mouth if a…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.