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Sobig.F Virus Traced to Korea

FBI Requests Investigation of Computer Worm The National Police Agency (NPA) yesterday said it is investigating an Internet Protocol (IP) address here that may have had a role in the spread of the Sobig.F virus, a computer worm that has clogged e-mail inboxes worldwide since last week. The Cyber Terror Response Center within the NPA said it started the investigation at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI on Saturday. Of 20 IP addresses suspected of being behind the circulation of Sobig.F, one was provided by domestic Internet service firm KT, the FBI told the cyber terror squad. A 36-year-old office worker in Suwon, Kyonggi Province was found to be the user of the IP address but police said it is unclear whether he was directly involved as he seems to have no particular computer skills. “Right now, it seems the man’s IP address has been used by hackers, but we have to complete our investigation to be sure,” Yang Kum-won, superintendent at the center, said. “It is hard to determine whether the hackers operated within Korea or from overseas.” Full Story

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