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And Another One Down

Created: 04 Jan 2007 08:00:00 GMT • Updated: 23 Jan 2014 18:53:48 GMT
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While we probably haven't heard the last of virus writer SPTH, hisannouncement about leaving the rRlf (Ready Rangers Liberation Front )is welcome news. Further good news was the "lack of time" cited as hisreason for leaving. This suggests that he's busy doing things otherthan writing viruses, and that is to be encouraged (the "doing thingsother than" part, not the "writing viruses" part, of course).

Even though his viruses were not on the order of complexity of someothers in recent times, there is no question that he had a knack forfinding just the right target to interest the media. With mediaattention comes the associated "coolness" factor that encourages somepeople to start writing viruses in the first place. And once a virusreceives attention from the media, other virus writers will oftentarget the same platform.

In my W64/Bounds article for Virus BulletinI wrote, "So imagine you're a virus writer, someone who specialises inone-of-a-kind viruses, and you want to do something that's really newand different. What should it be? How about quitting?" Maybe mysuggestion worked.