Script Kiddie Schadenfreude

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Schadenfreude: "largely unanticipated delight in the suffering of another which is cognized as trivial and/or appropriate."

As you might have already guessed, here comes some largely unanticipated delight. Suffering is optional, yet highly probable.

There's a rather meaty virus creation program currently doing the rounds that offers pretty much every kind of "let's break stuff" option you could think of. To the uninitiated, it looks like the world's greatest virus creation tool.

virctz1, originally uploaded by Paperghost.

Antivirus slaughter, Delete My Documents, Send Victim Info, Turn monitor off every 2 minutes and my personal favourite, "Super Spazz". It's all there, and it's all hardcore.

Unfortunately, it's all about to go horribly wrong for our wannabe script kiddie.

Click a button - any button - and this appears on the desktop:


Whoops. As it turns out, hal.dll is somewhat important:

"Hal.dll is the core of Windows' Hardware Abstraction Layer, which allows applications to access devices in the system without knowledge of the specific protocol used by any one device."

At that point, the penny drops - this isn't the world's greatest virus creation tool. Rather, it's the world's greatest "blow up your own computer while pretending to be a virus creation program" tool.

Add keyboard.sys and mouse.drv to the list of files nuked from orbit, and it's no surprise that when our wannabe script kiddie reboots his PC, he sees this:


...good luck explaining that one to dad when he gets home, kids.


The irony is, that the wannabe script-kiddie will just have to say "I think I got that new virus that is going around the internet". The dad will then grumble something about not going onto pr0n sites and that will be the end of it.

Non tech-savvy people are sort of conditioned to see their computers blow up for no reason do to viruses and what not.

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