Mgl (Mengele.(P)hD?) told me SVL was about to release a newsletter, and asked me kindly to contribute a little something to it. He had nothing in mind what I do for them (I said no to source-code contributions since I didn't feel like decreasing the code quality) so I just had think about something myself. Well, this is the result, perhaps nothing really worth wasting any time with, you decide. My nature is to please anyone whenever I can so don't held me responsible for you losing your faith in humanity, society, god or whatever. If someone want me to write just something, surely I'll do it. If he would've asked if I could give him a blow-job, I would though have turned down the request.
This contribution from me is styled VLAD-AF article.2_5 because I find the scene way too serious and that article a good read (Yay. I wrote it ;)). This mean this can be seen as a early valentine issue from myself included in the SVL-e-zine #1. Or it might just bee seen as wasted bytes dedicated to wasted souls.
Notice that the rest of Immortal Riot/Genesis has nothing to do with this stuff at all. I assume personal contributions is allowed to other zines, specially since MGL contributed to IRG#8. Also important to mention is that none of this stuff (I guess) would make it into an IRG-sinze due to our new technical styled magazines which I hope you all did enjoy!
So... This is from all of me, to all of you - whoever you are. My dog surely will like it, but an updated interview with him won't follow! Parden me.
Before I continue writing I'd like to take the opportunity to mention a few things that perhaps could easy my burden.
1). Time to spill out the beans... But who wants to eat them anyways? I'm as for the moment writing & doing reserch on an article about "why viruses are written, for who they're aimed, why viruswriter's keep on doing them, personal motivation for viruswriting, why you once started and what you find facinating (or at least interesting) with them." So, I'd like *every* writer of computer-viruses to email me and write a little something about the above mentioned questions. If you feel like adding a few things that you find interesting go ahead, let your mind go wild!
You can be anonymous if you like but don't forget to mention that! This article will hopefully (most likely) be included in our next issue of Insane Reality - IRG#9.My email adressess are:
Notice also that those system's is rather instable, but if you read (II) you know I also can be reeched on that adress ( (II) is 9 lines below this line ).
2). Part II - Where you rather not want your daughter to be late at nights... On http://www.algonet.se/~robry there are some IR & IRG files located (ir.html is the file located on that adress btw, if that is for any use).
It's not an offical IRG page but all of IRG.SE know the homepage operator
and he kindly borrowed us some HD space. Every swedish IRG member can also
be reeched on that adress - just email firstname.lastname@example.org and he will
kindly CC (that is abbreviation for _carbo-copy_ if my memory isn't
totally phucked) them to the correct person. Notice though that the
official IRG-page still is located on:
3). I'm just an inspiration for birth-control... My submission (other word for contribution Quantum told me ;)) to VLAD-AF (Vlad-April Fool's Edition) called "IR#8" contained a little challenge - namely to crack "File Encryptor". Well, Sepultura found out the 12 byte long key which was "tuir@MAR.C0m" (w/o the quote-marks).
The april fool joke from me was that secret.txt never did gave out my real information nor it did contain the reasons why my handle was The Unforgiven. For those who wonder.. keep on wondering! I doubt that it has something to do with suicide though, which some brave writer believed.
Also notice that Quantum never did hack immortal.se (since it doesn't exist), and ripped "IR8" from there, it was a submission to their zine from me, pretty much like this is ;). He wrote that information at the end of the article. Well as I figured you never did read the entire faked Insane Reality #8 ;) and believed him. April sucka. I hope you reech the end of this one :).
Hmm, I don't quite know where to start, but I would like to comment a few personal things at this entry.
There are a few good reasons why I didn't contribute much to IRG#8 and beside being very busy with life, university, my gf and the general irl-stuff I re-read the IR-zines and felt terrible embarrased for them and felt like writing no more. For example, I started to write an article called "What good side-effects viruswriting can result in", but gave it up. It became too personal, abstract and complex. And beside this, it turned huge. A short summary of my results might still be included here or elsewhere since it's a rather interesting topic. So stay tuned.
Well, both really. They're insane, yet real. I was red-phucked-up in my face and my heart went ape while reading some articles, specially those which included stuff written about girls and politics. And yea.. those viruses too. *Sigh*.
Also worth to mention, I wasn't too pride too see some text-strings included in my viruses or in programs included as hex-script in some zines. (One example is "lord0.com" in IR#7 (reality.010 among with basicly, the entire adventure of porno)). For those who've been harassed, I'm sorry.
Current life is cool. I study and spend most of my spare time with my close friends or with my gf (name won't be mentioned) who I've been togheter with about half a year (so far).
Hints in life is have plenty of sex. If you consider yourself too busy or "too of something else.. " change opinions. Nothing is as relaxing as it. It's though not good to became a "sex-addict", since most addictive things is bad for you, sex being the exception as long you have semi-control over it (having sex with yourself w/masturbating 5 times a day isn't the way to go). Not only is sex great but to really care about someone rocks. Don't let your life miss this.
If you smoke just give it up. It smells bad and it won't do any good for you. Smoking at parties is alright but it doesn't really impress on most ladies. Socially smoking is great, but socially being decently drunk is also a killer, so.... it isn't perhaps the best way to deal with things'n'shit anyways.
Alcohol. ch3-ch2-oh. This rocks. Don't be sober too damn often. Home made whine can rock (and beside it's cheap, it's a good hobby...).
Astronomy. Really interesting and is a great thing to discuss, philosophy and crapp on about after a few beers. Only a few things can be described as complex or simply as this.
Driving-license. Freedom costs. But damnit, it's worth it.
Cooking. Everyone likes to eat, be sure you can do magic in the kitchen. Don't rely upon girls to do this for you. Not being dependant on other persons is essential in life. I only wish I could describe my situation as "not being.. ". Bah, isn't money to key to everything? (yes, that might as well include the r@@t of evil, too)
One Half. A really good virus, lack bugs and contain a really cruel original payload. This issue includes the original source code.
Suede - Coming Up. A really cool album, maybe the best album any U.K band ever produced. Sgt.Pepper from Beatles might just be up there.
Ford Fairlaine. "Eih.. I fucked him!". Great fucking movie if you ask me. Up there along with Eddie Murphy's RAW.
Hotmail. Well, any anonymous mail-system is great if you feel like giving your teacher some soft of feedback (critism can be kind of sensitive, just trust me..). Http://www.hotmail.com. A cool rerouter can be found on http://www.starmail.com (email@example.com is one of those catchy phrases..).
Burger King. Just so much better than fucking McDonald's. Not a good place to work on I guess but for lunch (not date-dinner though!), it's more than OK.
AVP anti-virus. Love the demo-section. The scanning/cleaning capabilities is also really impressive. Along with its code-analyser. If only it would ran a little bit faster on my machine.
Java, html and high level languages. Well, assembler is cool, but I sincerly doubt it will get you any wealthy. Internet and its applications is what brings you money. Developing things fast is what companies want you to do.
Irc. If used properly (i.e. not sitting there wastening all your spare time) irc can be as good as a scrink depending on which people you have a conversation with.
Money. I have stated that greed is your worst enemy, so watch out. Money tend to change things, beware so it won't mess you up. Might just solve your problems better than booze. Booze solve things by its nature ;), problems is not included though.
Drugs. If you're afraid to face the reality, change your situation, don't flee from it with drugs, computers, irc and shit like that. If you can control your use, it will sooner or later turn into abuse and you should give it up asap.
Clifton Classic clothes. A sleep-over, black jeans (or ordinary Docker's if you prefer that) combined with Sweet Georgia Brown hair pomade looks nothing but great.
Insane Reality. For whoever find low-level assembly programming and virus-related things interested this is zine to get ;). Hehe, just had to mention this.
love. If you don't find someone else to love that loves you back, be sure to love yourself. It's great to have a massive, yet humble ego.
Studies. Can be quite hard. Compared to life and work it's though not as hard as you once believed.
Isaac Asimov. Truely a smart writer. The books about the "Foundation" and "robots" are good and cleverly written. Something useful to waste your time with and might just get you interested in astronomy.
Acqua Di Gio Giorgio Armani. Going around stinking bloody Farenheit or some other highly common eau de toilette or after shave always manages to upset someone. Be original and expensive in your choice of scent.
Coffey. Keep your awake during studies, during hacking, during coding. Sleeping is such a waste of time, really.
Oxygen. Can't really without it, however some early viruses early in the world's timeline could.
Hitchhiker's guide to Galaxy. Isn't all that great, really. Has a few points, but not worth 900 pages.
Windows/95. Everyone know this OS sucks, howcome everyone is using it?
Swedish chicks. They aren't all that neat. The majority is just plain trash most of the rest is average. A minority is something to have in the long run. Of course, one doesn't realise this on a 1-2 week long vacation.
Sleeping. Everyone likes this and it's essential it's said. But, really, it is like wastening a 1/3 of your life with.
Opinions. Who will listen to you anyways? Who need goddamn opinions? Why are you even reading mine?
Technology. Science should be fiction/not truth, dreams/not reality and so on.
Neuromancer. Another book not worthy its reputation. William Gibson just ain't no good author.
Action movies. Do I have to comment this?
Here's an interview I filled out for Richard Loearker's book. It will be an anti-virus reserach book and I do encourage every viruswriter to erase my answers, fill in your answers yourself and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to add more questions to it, that is fine, too.
I know this is lame, egoistic to include an interview with yourself, but this ain't no popularity contest. Do me your worst. Personally, everything I've ever written is horrible this piece - I see as the exception (i.e. the interview) but that might just change if I re-read it in a year. Well.. most things tend to change.What is your handle?
Here comes an interview with Sarah Gordon (all you surely know her). She can be reached at on email@example.com. Here it follows anyways, enjoy!First of all, i would like you to give me a personal character presentation about yourself with your own words. then, secondly, (be honest), i would you to write how you think other people around you, see you as.
my priorities in my personal life are relationship to God, to my husband (i was recently married as you may know), to my children (who are grown), to my friends, and then to my work. at least, in theory this is the case. how i see myself?..hmm, well, i try to adhere to what i think is important, but i do not always succeed.
how others see me, well, you would have to ask them :). but i think sometimes some people have pre-conceived ideas, or want someone to fit a certain mold they are comfortable with....so they put me there. when they do actually take the time to know me, they often find out they were wrong. i think also this happens with many people, not just me. (it could be they find out they were right :)
yet others, usually those who are professionally competent and secure, don't have these problems -- they see the bigger picture and have no need to create artificial life-model of another person :) (no pun intended).
i am told that i have no sense of humour and that i see things 'differently', whether or not this is a benefit is an exercise left to the reader.about your articles, what gives you motivation to write them?
i write about something if it interests me, and if i think i may have some idea someone else may not have thought of. or if i see something written i dont agree with.
i have written several for money, but they are usually technical security articles, nothing to do with viruses or virus writers, or any of that. sometimes it is nice to deal with 'non-people' issues, there is a lot less room for 'controversy' :)and/or the virus-community with your write-ups? (if yes, motivate what.. ).
there is now more examination of facts, instead of hype and hysteria, related to virus writers. i know i played some role in that. all in all this examination is good, for both sides of the discussion.
i think virus writers are now thinking and talking more about what they are doing and want to do, and realising the impacts of releasing their creations. im told i have had some role in that. but i dont know. i hope i did. but it could be natural sequence of events. maybe i just recorded/documented it. maybe i made some change by doing that...i don't know. i know personally i have had some impact in the overall dynamic, but how much and how to measure is difficult.
many times now im quoted about what ive learned by just talking to people and analysing facts about how viruses really spread. hopefully this has some effect on getting the media to focus on real problems.
but virus writers and things related to them are just small portion of my work. ive done more in product testing, certification and network security. however, it is the 'virus writer' work which seems to grab some attention.something you have written/worked about that has been misunderstood?
in particular, i remember when phrack wrote some story which they later said 'we're sorry, we didnt check this out thoroughly' about my trying to shut down some bbs. its true i was in a room when someone suggested that some bbs should be closed, but if i remember correctly, i suggested this is not a very good idea...
then, there was that ugly silliness the virus writer kohntark made up. i never did figure out why he did that, but he seemed to have some stuff works, just like it is cool to know about other computer actions and who can argue with you? not me. but there is no 'magic' or technological 'excellence' in this stuff. its not 'new science'. its not any way to get a good job. what it can be is some very costly pasttime. there can be a big price to pay -- you can really hurt someone with the viruses, because you can not guarantee that you can control the viruses.
people will say you cant *really* hurt anyone, but they are wrong. so please stop and think what you are doing. if you are the kind of guy who wants to hurt them, then you deserve what you may get if you do it.
[how many words was that?]about your article "the generic viruswriter", the four persons you selected for the four groups, who were they? (if you can't give this out, don't, but motivate why.. ).
i have written a lot about how we dont realise the impact of our actions on others, since the computers can tend to desensitize us. unfortunately, i was not 'immune' to this .do you prefer tea or coffee in the morning?
do you?who did you vote for in the president election - 96?
am i satisfied? no. are you?what plans (irl/computer) do you have for the future?
for computer, i am thinking maybe ill write some new software, maybe automate some tests which take a lot of my time now, and probably design a new CSecurity model.do you prefer a dog or a cat? (not for dinner.. pet :)).
well ..since i wrote this, i have bought another dog, he is not yet named, and is still at the pet store ..but i will be bringing him home soon.
[since i wrote this (yet another edit :)), the dog from the pet store got sick. so we got yet another dog. our third. this one we named 'lucky'. i hope he is :)]about viruswriting groups, a lot of us has faded out and died recently, anything you want to say to them or to the one's that still remains?
lets keep things in perspective. i work hard to help users avoid problems from viruses, and feel people need to take active steps to help stop virus distribution. im against indiscriminate virus distribution, and think that as a society we should not overtly or tacitly condone it.
but there are far worse problems facing our society. this is not to say viruses are 'no problem'. they sure are! but in the 'big picture' there are far worse problems facing computer users and society in general than the viruses we are seeing today.
it is the viruses which i have chosen to fight, and i wont stop fighting against them because it is wrong to make software which hurts people or which has the potential to hurt people. computers should be used for helping people, used for good ethical purposes. now, can you and i talk about why you write viruses and distribute them in your magazine? because i think it is wrong. you can argue that what people decide to do with them is their own business and not your fault, but actually if you didnt give them the viruses, you wouldnt have a role in their using them for bad.
as it stands now, you are partly responsible for what they do with what they do with your creation. why not create something which uses the computer to help people, something they can chose to use and thank you for instead?
One article called "Virus Buster" is located on http://www.idg.se/cs/artiklar/1996/77/cspe/b10a/b10a.htm (or .html dunno) which's featuring a picture of Klas (S&S Sweden) Sch”ldstr”m "which makes life hard for those who got the idea to create and distribute computer viruses" (He's defintitly geeky looking, check for yourself!).
Some quote's from that articles (published in Computer Sweden #77, Friday the 6 of Dec, 1996) follow though (scene-person related, go bitch on him or so..) here.
"Last spring, the virus Boza came, that was the first virus for Win/95. But it sucked. It can only infect files in the same directory from where it was executed from and it fails doing it sometimes. It was though a media-hype (or PR-trick) from the virus-authors to be first with a 32-bits-virus".
(Now, he also diss the hare virus claiming it's only halts the computer and that he consider macro-viruses the real danger..).
Furthermore, they write (which could be interesting in this zine ;))."Klas consider a virus named One-Half to be among the most naughty one's he's ever seen. - At the occations I've seen a virus spread itself to many computers at one time, it's one-half, he says. "It's made hard to detect and has no bugs. It places itself on the "partition-sector" (direct-translation -tu) and slowly starts to encrypt the harddrive. When half of the hd is encrypted the message "Dis is one half. Press any key to continue" is displayed and at that time, also back-up's is encrypted.
(Klas starts his sector-editor (which he wrote himself%!) and takes us a journey trough One Half and its functions.. w-o-w- ;)).
(Now, he says we're all kids who seems to love computers, yet are trying to fuck them up and thereby are really hating them..)
Well.. In case you're interested!
Since I forgot to include this code in the VLAD april fool's edition, here follow [Push-Up] (v. early beta!) written ages and ages ago by someone who surely indeed will turn red-hot-chily-red when seeing this ;).
The code is as unoptimized as can be ;) and there are labels and check's w/o corresponding code :-). Double-code inclusion is included for your own sake! You -should- be able to optimize this and feel like an asm-wiz!
As shitty old tradition we supply you with un-finished viruses for you to modify and claim your very own creation!
Also, as we say in Sweden "a laugh extends your life", so... I guess you'll be like really old after looking closely into this one.
Anyways the basic thought for this virus was good since I consider a bs/mbr/com/exe semi-stealth virus an alright replicator. The virus should work, but I guess that's about it, probably not perfectly under all configurations and stuff.
This virus is *really really* old and is for me hysterical funny to
look on. If the author of it who wrote it 93/1994 remembers it, please
write me an email! (I hope/think/believe you don't mind it being
included here ;)).
It lack some byte optimizing but the overall quality is though alright concerning the coding style. (Now, I can nag on this, when I recieved it I didn't understand anything and the author teased me like shit ;)).
Well, it's a resident COM infector w/o any other functions or payloads, works really good on my machine.
Well, I'm a big fan of AVP and its grafical section of viruses so here follow a gfx payload which is a sort of "remake" of a fire effect. Finally Eugene did include (what he called) "Riot.ir8" (a virus with a gfx effect) and just to see if he will include the virus below too. The virus follow as hex-script below this very slow effect named GrayNuclearSky. Don't enjoy.
About a 220 byte .exe overwriter ;) of EXE-files which F-prot doesn't detect due to unknown reasons. It has two activation routines, one grafical and one standard which itself claim to have some self-modifying-code along with some nifty TSR routine. Of course that routine is a damn liar. The first one will blow the second of november any year from 1997 (RTM Worm day). The second one will 'go off' on random basis. This virus wasn't ment to be a serious virus, simple a demo-virus (haha) for the demo-routine above. Further more the text-strings
"[LiveWire GFX] " "Hiya, Robert.. !"
is visible in trojanized files.Side-effects the conversation way
This was suppose to be a short summery of what good side effects viruswriting might have. I can't exactly say what you consider being a positive effect of something, but most stuff thought of is negative which of course leads us to a position where it's hard to motivate viruswriting. This mean that this is an important issue to deal with if some of your irl 'friends' all sudden start wondering why the fuck you're doing it and you have'll to defend your rights.
Well, you probably have thought about a few good reasons yourself, if you need reasons that is. I said I couldnt give any good reasons to viruswriting stated in the interview published above ;).. Hm, that is definitly to simplify it, but it's for a time a fun thing to do.Fun? Is it fun to write something with evil intension? Is it fun to make a bomb?
Defence is easy. Just bore them to death and voila, you'll win. The conversation above *was* boring and due to that, I won't write anymore on it. The conversation above wasn't about side-effects at all. Gotcha. As stated somewhere, stay tuned and it will be presented. Not here though. Ha-Ha.
Recently, I've seen a lot of zines/groups popping up and while some has faded away. Well, some say the scene is dying but I think not. Only the "good old virus groups" are. Rabid is dead (hehe!), P/S is, NuKE is RIP, YAM, TridenT, DY, VG and so on are (Not much of news, most people don't even know about some jam ;)) but! there's 'always' new groups coming up some who're really good.. and yea.. Immortal Riot is still around and will be for quite some time.. Don't expect a fade out!
The funny thing with virus-groups is that we do release a shitload of zines. A short summary of the scene-zines might be in order here (If I've forgotten one or two.. that is only because I'm tired, but since I dislike to sleep... deal with it)40hex
What I heard P/S died and won't put out any more 40hex issues. Well, most 40hex zines did include things one still can look on and learn from so if you miss them, re-read and study an old one :).VLAD
It's sad Qark and Quantum gave the entire virus-thing up, but we'll see what Darkman (who have been outta it recently) can do with it. I miss them ;) seeing my name appear in the greetings to each issue (hehe!) and those games included. After metabolis gave up vlad they lost a little of their "personality". Qark was very good as organiser, too bad (for us) he got tired of it and desided to drop the entire thing. Good luck in life guys!INSANE REALITY:
After our merge with Genesis we finally brought out an issue and in my opinion a very interesting issue, too. Beside the overall code-quality (maybe too high for most) it included a lot of other good non-coding material. Thanks are due to Dark Fiber for doing a lot of work for us!
Also worth to mention is that Sepultura and Rajaat put a lot of effort in doing it as good as possible. I heard people complained and gave us negative feedback, yet I can't understand why.
There isn't much news in IRG (what I know of anyways) issue#9 is under development and you can if you consider yourself worthy contribute to it. Expect to see a high quality issue!29#A
Vlad-stylish group from Spain(?) I wish good luck in the future. Had some interesting things in issue #1 and we can always hope it remains stable and evolve.Computa-Gangsta
Issue #1 isn't really worth bitching on here. But, it's a first issue and I won't bitch on newcomers. We all started somewhere...STEALTH.
Does contain a lot of complex & interesting stuff. Maybe better commented viruses would increase the "overall quality" though. From russia with love :).PLASMA
DC is gone. Might have formed another group called RSA. Can be interesting to see what Wild Worker and co. can do with his crew (RSA). (I know he wasn't "pres" but he should be).SVL
Good luck guys! I surely will enjoy reading this zine! It's quality (besides this article!) poeple expect from you. Hope there will be a issue #2!
Actually, this zine is not a SVL's one, moreover, it is not a group mag at all. Aditionally, we would like to stay an intergroup zine :) ]NuKE
Has been dead for several years now, still there is some newbee's on irc asking for VCL2. Don't do that, it's annoying as hell and you'll most likely be kicked or banned two seconds after you pressed enter. So read my lips: NuKE is dead!iKX
Seems to be an interesting group, including b0z0 and guys. They did contribute to Insane Reality #8 and Sailor Moon is an interesting virus.Minotaurus
Dunno if the spelling is correct or not ;). They should though write their stuff in english if they're around (haven't seen much lately though).
So.. there's actually a shitload of groups out there, producing code. Hang around long enough on irc #virus and you'll see them sometime.
There's so many people to greet really. I would like to thank everyone who have been there for me, on the irc, on email and on the phone. Further greets goes to anyone who won't take this contribution any seriously. I promised to include something and I try to keep my promises. ok?
Thanks to all I ever have done a /msg to, and yea.. IRG guys.. keep it up!
Just read my mind and find the complete guide to insanity. Should be trivial if you belong to the second foundation. Personally I dunno about what choice I would made. First, Second or Gaia.. Hm, tricky. But.. who really want to make choices. That sucks. I just want it all :).
I will continue hanging on the irc, writing my stupid articles and just float around being what I've been. Really, I'm so satisfied what Sepultura has done for IRG so consider him in control. If you found this article chaotic. You're right that was the idea if I might add that. For IRG, the future is as bright as always.