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Sophos warns over Chinese anti-virus software

It's interesting to read that Sophos has advised computer users to think carefully about how they remedy virus infections, following news that the Chinese police are to release a clean-up program written by the author of the Fujacks worm.

According to Chinese media reports, authorities are planning to issue a fix for the Fujacks worm, which turns icons into a picture of a panda burning joss-sticks.

Controversially, newswires report that the remedial program has been written by Li Jun, the suspected author of the virus.

Normally, coming from an IT security vendor such as Sophos, I'd consider such comments protectionism, but I think the company has a very valid point.

According to Graham Cluley, Sophos' senior technology consultant and all-round Elvis impersonator (not again -Ed), hackers and virus writers have shown themselves to be irresponsible and untrustworthy and I certainly wouldn't choose to run their code on my computer.

"Additionally, the Fujacks virus left some infected files unable to run. That hardly suggests that the author took quality assurance seriously when he constructed his malware," said Cluley.

"Our recommendation to computer users would be to clean their PCs with professional tools written by security experts," he added.

As reported on the newswires, Chinese police arrested Li Jun, and five other people, in connection with the creation and distribution of the Fujacks worm earlier this week.

Li Jun was said in a police statement to have earned more than $12,500 by selling the malware to other Internet hackers...