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FBI tracks worm writers

The FBI says it will hunt down the perpetrators of the Sobig virus and the MSBlast worm. The FBI is “confident” that it will capture those who are responsible for creating and spreading the MSBlast worm and the Sobig.F virus, the bureau said on Tuesday. Companies and home computer users have had to deal with the MSBlast worm — also known as W32/Blaster and W32.Lovsan — which started spreading on 11 August; a worm that attempted to plug the hole exploited by the MSBlast worm; and the Sobig.F virus, which spread through email attachments opened by unsuspecting people. “We are working with the Department of Homeland Security and with state and local law enforcement on our Cyber Task Forces to track down the perpetrators of Sobig and the recent W32/Blaster worm,” FBI Director Robert Mueller said in a statement. “We employ the latest technology and code analysis to direct us to potential sources, and I am confident that we will find the culprits.” The FBI subpoenaed Arizona Internet provider Easynews.com a week ago, looking for more information about a person who posted the Sobig.F virus to several porn newsgroups. Easynews didn’t answer interview requests but released a statement last Friday. Full Story

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