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Sleuths Try to Stay Step Ahead of Online Worms

Don’t talk to Mikko Hypponen about pressure. Within minutes of first receiving a sample of the SoBig.F computer worm on Tuesday morning last week, Mr. Hypponen set out to beat the clock. Mr. Hypponen and his researchers at F-Secure, a computer security company based in Finland, identified the worm, readied a patch and distributed the update to their customers, just as dozens of other antivirus companies were doing the same. But the F-Secure researchers soon discovered the worst was yet to come. As they continued to dissect the worm, they found a list of 20 Internet protocol addresses linked to home computers in the United States, Canada and South Korea, that were apparently the unwitting transmitters of the virus. As it turned out, they learned, SoBig.F was a veritable time bomb, set to use those 20 machines to send out malicious instructions to millions of computers at exactly 3 p.m. last Friday. Full Story

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