Tunneling Virus

Tunneling Virus #71
This virus will attempt to tunnel under anti-virus monitoring programs in order to bypass their monitoring functions.
Used to plant a virus.
Sell Price

Tunneling Virus is a Virus item that was released in late 2004. [1] It can be acquired through virus programming and can be sold to (but not purchased at) Cyber Force.

The Tunneling Virus is used in "Plant a Computer Virus" crimes.


The Tunneling Virus can be programmed using a Personal Computer, Laptop, or Gold Laptop after completion of the CMT2530 Intermediate Programming Education course. A Tunneling Virus takes 40 days to program. It can also be traded between players. Tunneling Viruses cannot be found through city finds. [2]

The programming time for a Tunneling Virus can be reduced through various methods. With all Education completed, the Tunneling Virus's programming time will be 28 days, or seven days with all coding time reductions. Viruses always finish coding shortly after 03:25 TC Time. [3] Programming will continue even if a player disposes of all their computers.

Methods of Reducing Virus Programming Time
Method Reduction
Working at a Software Corporation 50%
Owning a Dividend Block of I Industries Ltd. 50%
Completion of the "CMT2580 Software Engineering" Education course 20%
Completion of the "CMT2600 Natural Language Engineering" Education course 10%


The Tunneling Virus is required to do the "Tunneling Virus" Virus crime. This crime is rarely done as the "Stealth Virus" crime cannot send a player to the Jail or Hospital and gives more money and Crime Experience than any other Virus crimes.

The Tunneling Virus is not consumed upon use, and can be reused for the crime.

Related Awards

Tunneling Virus related Awards
Image Name Requirements
159019175.png Silicon Valley Code 100 viruses
603343376.png Bug 1,000 Computer Crimes
282251659.png We Have A Breach 5,000 Computer Crimes

Historical Notes

The Tunneling Virus original had the British spelling of "Tunnelling." This was updated to the American spelling on 1 September 2019. [4]

Image History

Tunneling Virus Image History
Years Used Image
2006* to ~2009 [5] mm0KOwS.png
~2009 to July 2012 [6] VOjdOZp.png
July 2012 to present [7] QiykoNT.jpg

* Items did not have images prior to 2006.

Patch History

Released in Patch list #


  1. TornCityHistoryMuseum, Virus Exhibit (With Citations) (31/05/23)
  2. TornCityHistoryMuseum, Virus Exhibit (With Citations) (31/05/23)
  3. Damster, Coding Reduction (24/01/23)
  4. Chedburn, Spelling Tunnelling Virus vs Tunneling Virus (01/09/19)
  5. TornCityHistoryMuseum, Virus Exhibit (With Citations) (31/05/23)
  6. TornCityHistoryMuseum, Virus Exhibit (With Citations) (31/05/23)
  7. TornCityHistoryMuseum, Virus Exhibit (With Citations) (31/05/23)