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Hackers recruiting army for cyber war

Update that anti-virus software. Don’t you know there’s a war on? Yes, some experts are claiming that we are in the midst of the world’s first-ever cyber-war, an online combat whose weapons are the intrusive computer worms that have proliferated on the Internet recently. Criminal hackers are battling it out for online bragging rights, and perhaps more. Computer security firms have documented three groups at the center of the battling: The author or authors of MyDoom, which first appeared in January; the authors of Bagle, which also appeared in January, and the authors of Netsky, which appeared in February. All three groups created worms, or standalone computer viruses that replicate themselves over computer networks. At least 17 variants of Bagle (also spelled Bagel and Beagle), 16 of Netsky and seven of MyDoom have been identified. They spread via e-mail attachments. Security experts who dissected the worms found that some Netsky viruses were written to disable MyDoom and Bagle. The other two groups responded by issuing new variants impervious to the attack, and the Baglites made a version to kill Netsky. Full Story

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