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Suspect charged in Canada for Randex worm

Youth alleged to have helped with distribution. A sixteen-year-old boy from Mississauga, Ontario, will appear in court on June 3 to face charges of computer fraud and mischief to data for helping distribute the Randex computer worm, according to a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) spokesman. The boy was issued a summons to appear in Youth Justice Court in Brampton, Ontario, following an RCMP investigation that linked him to a network of Randex-infected computers acting as robots, or “bots,” said Sergeant George Wiegers of the RCMP’s Integrated Technological Crime Unit. Randex spreads by breaking into poorly protected computers running Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system. The worm first appeared last June and has since spawned dozens of variants, according to antivirus vendors. Full Story

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