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Taiwan Nabs Engineer for Creating Virus

A Taiwanese computer engineer was arrested for allegedly designing a virus and putting it on Web sites, where hackers from rival China found and used the worm to attack the island’s business and government systems, police said Thursday. Wang Ping-an, 30, designed the Trojan horse virus called “Peep,” which earlier this year allowed the attackers to steal information and retain control of infected computer systems, police said. “He placed his program on popular hackers’ Web sites and encouraged people to download it,” said Lin Chieh-lung, an official from an Internet crime investigation task force. “He might have wanted only to show off his skills, but he should be aware what harm this could cause,” Lin said. If convicted on charges of vandalizing public and corporate property, he could face up to five years in jail, police said. Full Story

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