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Swedish Worm Writer Nabbed

Swedish police said Tuesday they detained the creator of a computer virus that had tried to trick recipients into opening and spreading it by offering war-related messages. Police said the virus, dubbed Ganda, clogged thousands of computers worldwide last week, reproducing itself by sending out e-mail messages offering screensavers with names like “Spy pics” and “Go USA.” A message hidden in the virus helped Swedish investigators trace the suspect to Haernoesand, 250 miles north of the capital, Stockholm, police spokesman Torbjoern Ull said. He said the man confessed to creating and spreading the virus after police raided his home Friday. He was not arrested, but prosecutor Kristina Brolin said she would file charges of computer trespassing and inflicting damage. Full Story

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