The virus and worm guild in the past years has become more of a professional movement, with worms being written by order and for profit.
But on a closer look, it appears that for-profit virus writers have merely formed a second subgroup while the traditional "for fame" virus writers have largely maintained their old methods.
Proof is provided by the Virus.Linux.Bi.a/Virus.Win32.Bi.a virus that surfaced today. It's a proof of concept virus that infects both Windows and Linux systems.
Cross platform viruses are clever because they allow a single worm to target multiple operating systems.
But discussing the worm with Trend Micro's David Perry, he pointed out that the author of this worm is very much showing off, but won't cause any actual harm.
Upon infection, the pest inserts several text stings, including one that says:
"Greetz to: Immortal Riot, #RuxCon!"
Immortal Riot was an e-zine (sort of a blog before blogs existed) that was disbanded in 1996. Virus writers would brag about their creations there by posting proof of concept code. By referring to a 10-year-old website, the linux-windows virus writer is saying: "I'm old school," and distances himself from the script kiddies who use commercial virus writing tools.
For profit virus writers have rich hunting grounds in Windows today. But as alternative operating systems become more popular, cross platform viruses have a great potential. It says enough about the for profit virus writers' skills that a for fame author has to come up with that.
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