Police will release an anti-virus program written by the author
of the notorious computer virus Xiongmao Shaoxiang, or "panda
burning joss stick," next week, an officer said yesterday.
Computer users can download the program from the Internet for
free after police have tested it, said Ye Tieguan, vice-director of
the police bureau in Xiantao, Hubei Province.
Primary tests showed the program, which was written by virus
author Li Jun, was effective, the police officer said.
Li, who has been arrested, told the police that he wrote the
program to kill "panda burning joss stick" virus after knowing
millions of computers had been infected, but he did not release it
because he was afraid police would find him.
Li said he wrote the "panda" virus just for fun; however, the
authorities said Tuesday he had confessed to selling the virus to
12 people for 100,000 yuan (US$12,887).
The virus, which infects program files and flashes a picture of
a panda holding three joss sticks, has been spreading through the
Internet and infected millions of computers nationwide since
The virus can also steal the account names and passwords of
on-line game players and popular chat sites. It was listed as the
worst computer virus last year by Rising, a major Chinese
Police in Hubei said they had arrested six people, including Li
Jun, in connection with the spread of the virus, marking this the
first time arrests were made in connection with an Internet virus
originating in China.
(Xinhua News Agency February 15, 2007)