Gigabyte (virus writer)
Kimberley Vanvaeck, also known by her online moniker Gigabyte, is virus writer from Belgium known for a long-standing dispute which involved the internet security firm Sophos and one of its employees, Graham Cluley. Vanvaeck wrote several viruses, including Quis, Coconut, Sahay, and YahaSux. She also created a Sharp virus (also called "Sharpei"), credited as being the first virus to be written in C Sharp.
Vanvaeck's dispute with Cluley began after he made several comments concerning the gender of virus writers. This prompted Vanvaeck to write several viruses that specifically targeted Cluley which were stated to be written as proof-of-concept rather than releasing them in the wild.
- Holt, Thomas J.; Schel, Bernadette Hlubik (2010). Corporate Hacking and Technology-Driven Crime: Social Dynamics and Implications. IGI Global. p. 146.
- Parikka, Jussi (2007). Digital Contagions: A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses. Peter Lang. p. 145.
- Salomon, David (2005). Foundations of Computer Security. Springer Verlag. p. 43. doi:10.1007/1-84628-341-8.
- Bocij, Paul (2006). The Dark Side of the Internet. Praeger. p. 57.
- Szor, Peter (2005). The Art of Computer Virus Research and Defense. Addison-Wesley Professional.
- Thomas J. Holt, Bernadette Hlubik Schell (2013). Hackers and Hacking: A Reference Handbook. ABC-CLIO. p. 31.