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Spam-for-Money Plan Suspected by Expert on E-Mail Viruses

Computer security experts and law enforcement officials are struggling to understand the motives of a mysterious software author who appears intent on prying open many of the electronic locks on the Internet. The program that is known as SoBig, which is transmitted as an e-mail attachment and then is widely resent on its own via the Internet, is actually the sixth variant in an experiment by an unknown attacker. During the last eight months, the author or authors have persistently tried to implant a range of secret tools for stealing information and sending unsolicited commercial e-mail messages, or spam, according to security experts. One theory is that the program is an attempt to create software engines for sending spam by using unprotected computers that have been surreptitiously commandeered by the virus. Access to such computers could then be sold to e-mail marketing companies. Full Story

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