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Jailed Panda worm author gets an IT security job

I was immensely amused to see a press release from Sophos this week, noting that its experts were `bewildered' at the news that a jailed virus writer had been offered a job by one of the firms he had infected.

According to the Chinese newswires, 25-year-old Li Jun, who was handed a four year prison sentence earlier this month for his worm-style endeavours, has been offered a £66K a year job with Jushu Technology, a firm that his worm infected.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant with Sophos (fx: curtsies in the presence of IT security royalty -Ed) said that rewarding Li Jun with a job offer in the IT industry is perverse.

"You'd have to be crazy to rely upon a tool written by the worm's author to clean up an infection he created in the first place," said the IT security industry veteran.

"Virus writers have proven themselves to be untrustworthy and to have a weak sense of morals - otherwise they wouldn't release their malware in the first place," he added.

Well, yes Mr C, you have a point. However, commercial issues tend to win out over moral issues when it comes to big business.

And that, I'm afraid to say, is a fact...