VX Heavens, old-school virus-writing website, raided by police

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A website beloved by old-school virus writers has been raided and closed down by the Ukrainian police.

A message on the front page of the VX Heavens website, which used the motto “Viruses don’t harm, ignorance does!”, says it all:

Part of the message reads:

For many years we were tried hard to establish a reliable work of the site, which supplied you with a professional quality information on systems security and computer virology. We do always believed that a true research in any field (computer virology included) is only possible in the atmosphere of trust, openness and mutual assistance.

Unfortunately…

Friday, 23 March, the server has being seized by the police forces due to the criminal investigation (article 361-1 Criminal Code of Ukraine – the creation of the malicious programs with an intent to sell or…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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, or drop him an email.

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