FBI hunts down worm writers

Wednesday, 27 August 2003, 2:11 PM EST

Companies and home computer users have had to deal with the MSBlast worm--also known as W32/Blaster and W32.Lovsan--which started spreading Aug. 11; a worm that attempted to plug the hole exploited by the MSBlast worm; and the Sobig.F virus, which spread through e-mail attachments opened by unsuspecting people.

"We are working with the Department of Homeland Security and with state and local law enforcement on our Cyber Task Forces to track down the perpetrators of Sobig and the recent W32/Blaster worm," FBI Director Robert Mueller said in a statement. "We employ the latest technology and code analysis to direct us to potential sources, and I am confident that we will find the culprits."

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