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[ISN] Million yuan job awaits jailed worm author
By Lydia Chen
WANT a high paying job? Perhaps a little online vandalism will help your
A network company in eastern China has offered a job paying a million
yuan (US$133,155) a year to Li Jun -- the inventor of the most
destructive computer virus in China -- although he was sentenced to four
years in prison yesterday.
Jushu Technology Co, which is based in Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province,
said it would like to hire Li Jun, the author of the worm.whboy, or
"panda burning joss sticks," to be its technology director as "the
company can offer a good platform to show his talents," the Hubei-based
Changjiang Times reported today.
Li, a 25-year-old Wuhan native, received the sentence for writing and
profiting from the panda worm that infected over a million computers
countrywide and caused huge losses, a court in Hubei Province announced
Company general manager Dong Zhenguo told the newspaper that the company
fell prey to the worm and he personally hates what Li has done.
However, he later learned from media reports that Li, who created the
virus over discontent at his failure to land a job, may not be a bad guy
and "just went astray," the report said.
So far, about 10 network companies across the country have offered jobs
to Li, whom they regarded was a "precious genius," the report said
citing Li's lawyer Wang Wanxiong.
Li's cyber bug, which earned him about 145,000 yuan after selling it to
other hackers from December 2006 to February this year, can prevent
infected computers from operating anti-virus software and all programs
using the "exe" suffix.
The worm could also steal users' online game account information and
passwords for accounts with online instant communication tools, such as
the popular QQ, developed by Shenzhen-based Tencent Holdings Ltd.
Computer owners learned that their systems were infected when their
executable file icons turned into images of pandas with burning joss
The worm received the first five-star severity rating ever issued by the
Shanghai Information Technology Service Center because it could attack
local-area networks in government bureaus and companies and damage their
programs and databases.
Three of Li's accomplices were also jailed for up to
two-and-a-half-years each yesterday.
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