Computer virus creator seeks job in Beijing

14:35, January 05, 2010      

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Li Jun, the creator of the widespread computer virus "joss-stick burning panda" arrived in Beijing January 4 to look for employment. It's said that Li visited several famous companies specializing in Internet safety "seeking a job." So far, no company has showed interest in Li.

At the end of 2006, Li became acquainted with Wang Lei and Zhang Shun who knew much about virus commercialization, together they developed the computer virus "joss-stick burning panda." In several months, the virus attacked millions of personal computers and some web portals, becoming the "king of viruses." Even now, some varieties of the virus can still be found on the Internet.

In February 2007, Li and Lei Lei, another creator of the virus, were captured by police in Hubei province. Later, they were sentenced to 4 and 2 years imprisonment respectively. Due to Li’s good behavior, his prison term was shortened by a year and he was released in late 2009. On the morning of January 4, Li arrived in Beijing with Lei Lei.

"I came to Beijing on the first workday of 2010, wishing to bid farewell to the past," said the 28 year-old Li. He is willing to do work with virus protection. "I do not care too much about the salary. Instead, I attach much importance to the future development of a company."

"If Li had not met with virus commercialization experts, the outcome might not have been so serious," an unidentified senior manager of an Internet company said on January 4. "He is really a talented engineer, but there are many talented people like him in other companies. He was victimized by the virus industry chain and his imprisonment cannot affect the industry chain at all."

According to industry experts, virus creators are considered to be at the top of the virus industry chain. That is to say, if a virus is widely spread, its creator can earn millions of yuan per year.

By People's Daily Online
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