At the front in the virus wars

Wednesday, 18 February 2004, 1:53 PM EST

When F-Secure's antivirus researcher Katrin Tocheva first spotted the MyDoom virus late in the evening of Jan. 27, she immediately reached out and smacked the monkey that sits near her desk.

The monkey is a stuffed toy that screams when hit. F-Secure's antivirus team uses it as an alert signal; when the monkey starts screeching, the team knows there's a new virus or worm on the loose.

The monkey screamed an awful lot in January and February 2004, and there were times that Tocheva was tempted to do some screaming of her own.

"It all started with the Bagle worm that was released on Jan. 18, 2004, followed by a few other worms and things," said Tocheva. "When MyDoom.A hit, I'd already been working for two weeks pretty much around the clock.

By Michelle Delio at Wired.

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