Hacker targets Sophos mouthpiece

Friday, 18 July 2003, 9:35 AM EST

Sophos has identified a worm -- which isn't in the wild -- called W32/Coconut-A. It is spread by e-mail and takes the form of an executable file that launches a fair-ground coconut-shy game. The more points end users score, the fewer files the worm tries to infect.

The twist is that they score the most points for literally knocking Cluley's block off -- and the writer of the virus? Of course it is Gigabyte.

Gigabyte has written Cluley-focused malware in the past and last March, as a 17-year-old, famously created the first virus written in Microsoft's C# language, called Sharpei.

At the time Gigabyte told silicon.com that she hadn't done so to forward the cause of women using computers, saying in an e-mail: "Writing Sharp to fight against sexism? Girl power? Heh... As if I'd bother."

However, Cluley and Sophos seem convinced Gigabyte is under the impression he thinks women and girls aren't computer-savvy.

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