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Computer Users Warned of 'War Viruses'

It’s called the Swedish worm, and it promises a computer screen saver featuring “spy pics” taken by U.S satellites high over Iraq. The worm, which comes as an e-mail and reproduces by sending out more messages, surfaced this week, two days before the United States invaded Iraq. It has been appearing along with two other war-related computer viruses and a rash of Web-site defacements from both backers and foes of the war. Traffic with Nashville’s ISDN-Net increased by 5%-10% yesterday, thanks to rising interest in news sites such as CNN, said the company’s president, Jerry Dunlap. Use of Comcast’s high-speed Internet system was about the same as usual this week in the Nashville area, said Virgil Caudill, general manager of the cable company’s Nashville office. Neither company reported any service problems, and neither was familiar with the Swedish worm. So far, Internet security consultants say, the worms and Web graffiti haven’t disrupted Internet traffic. All three can be contained with available antivirus tools. Full Story

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