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12 Feb 2004

DJ's dance record inspires virus writer, Sophos comments

DJ Marco V's song appears to have inspired the virus writer
DJ Marco V's song appears to have inspired the virus writer

A new computer virus appears to have been inspired by the lyrics of a DJ's dance record.

The virus, known as W32/Order-A, appears to have been written by a virus writer called Xevion, who is a fan of the Netherlands-based dance DJ Marco V.

The virus drops lyrics from the song "Godd" by Marco V onto the victim's hard drive in a file called Chaos.txt:

Do you believe in a god that satisfies
Do you believe in a god that opens eyes
Do you believe in a god that tells you lies
Or do you believe in me?

Do you believe in a god that brings you down
Do you believe in a god that wears a crown
Do you believe in a god that makes you bow
Or do you believe in me?

~ Marco V - Godd

[Chaos] created by Xevion

"This is not the first time DJs and viruses have mixed," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "In January 2003 part-time DJ Simon Vallor was sentenced to two years for infecting 27,000 computers with viruses he had written. Xevion appears to be a fan of Marco V's combination of trance and techno - it makes a change from the typical view of a virus writer as a lanky heavy metal fan I suppose."

In the early 1990s, the prolific Bulgarian virus writer Dark Avenger dedicated a virus to Eddie, heavy metal group Iron Maiden's skeleton mascot. At the other end of the musical spectrum, the Mapson worm last year tempted users with pictures of female celebrities including Kylie Minogue and Celine Dion.

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