> Just imagine for a second, that a programmer like this, or a group like Future Crew decides to...focus on just one goal – create a small code that steals your financial data or helps to re-calibrate a Nuclear Reactor. How do you think, would they succeed?
These are no doubt talented coders but the article makes out that they posses some kind of superpower and can do whatever they want with computers. Coding graphics like that in assembler is an impressive feat but it in no way means that these guys could just "break the Windows or Apple integrated security systems" if they wanted to.
I felt like this article was a bait-and-switch: it's on an anti-virus site, mentions the comback of low-level techniques in viruses, then switches topics to demoscene. I found the demoscene write-ups too breathless; claiming Airframe by Prime group is the "mother and father of All modern 3D aviation and space simulators" when it was released 12 years after FS1 Flight Simulator.
I remember the old virus scene with groups like 29a that made a virus that could run on different OS and processors. And viruses that rewrote themselves every time they transmit themselves so the anti-virus could not find their signature.
I was hoping the article was sarcastic and it was trying to teach young coders that machine code isn't actually scary.
Instead I got an article about the demo scene.