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Canadian, 16, on Randex worm rap

Canadian police have charged a 16 year-old youth with writing and distributing the damaging computer worm Randex. The teenager from Mississauga, near Toronto, faces “mischief and fraudulent use of a computer” charges. Canadian authorities have withheld the suspect’s name because he is a juvenile. Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigators reckon Randex infected more than 9,000 computers shortly after the first versions of the worm appeared last November. According to anti-virus firm Sophos, more than 20 versions of Randex are circulating. Randex variants are generally network worms with backdoor capabilities which allows a remote intruder to access and control the computer via IRC channels. This network of zombie PCs can be used to distribute spam or as a platform to launch DDoS attacks. Full Story

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