Thursday, November 5, 2009

Funnest Virus Ever: Mac OS Game Deletes Files As You Play

Making the rounds on the Internet is the word about a game called Lose/Lose.

Lose/Lose was developed by one Zach Gage as part of a thesis project, and borrows from top-down shooters like Space Invaders and Galaga – aliens come at you from the top of the screen, and you shoot them. Thing is, each one of the aliens represents one of the files on your hard drive, and said files are deleted forever when you kill aliens – the perfect game to play on your arch nemesis’s computer.

Gage says that his creation is “a video-game with real life consequences,” and has labeled it a work of art. Computer security magnate Symantec says that “there’s nothing stopping someone with more malicious intentions from modifying [the game] slightly and then passing it on to unsuspecting users, causing significant damage to a computer” and has labeled it Trojan OSX.Loosemaque. See Symantec’s video below