A basilisk hack can transmit the exsurgent virus.
Could a sufficiently intelligent ASI include fragments of its own intelligence/ego, like DNA, in a basilisk hack? Causing victims to be subsumed by its mind, at least in order to get in contact with other parts in order to metamorphose into its true form, cf. Wintermute/Neuromancer.
Skillsoft can include ego artifacts (which is fascinating), so I was teasing out some ideas for future scenarios.
Exhuman, and Humanitarian.