Virus terror links probed

Wednesday, 8 October 2003, 7:58 AM EST

Britain's task force against high-tech crime is investigating possible links between virus writers and extremist groups.

The National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) has started working with anti-virus firms to identify patterns in the most damaging internet worms and viruses.

The hope is that buried somewhere in the lines of code will be clues to the author's identity, motive and possibly, future acts of sabotage.

Of the dozens of viruses and worms that emerge on the internet each week, none has yet been traced back to organised crime or subversives aiming to disrupt a country's infrastructure.

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