'This is the final variant' says Netsky virus writer

Wednesday, 10 March 2004, 11:36 AM EST

The latest variant of the Netsky worm, which is the eleventh in less than a month, will be the last, according to a coded message from the worm's author.

Netsky.K was discovered on Monday and security researchers found an unexpected message from the author within its code; although the authors of Netsky, Bagle and MyDoom have been engaged in a flame war for the past couple of weeks, this latest variant differs because it not only contains the usual insults to other virus writers, but also a message saying this would be the last Netsky variant.

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