Virus arrests continue, as do worms
A series of arrests in Germany for alleged computer virus creation are likely to deter the more casual virus writers, but worms and variants continue and the most hardened computer criminals will probably be more careful, not quelled by the arrests, according to security experts.
The biggest arrest came last Friday when Microsoft announced it had worked through its virus-writer reward program to assist German authorities in apprehending an 18-year-old suspect who has since confessed to writing the Sasser and series of Netsky worms. Another separate arrest in Germany involved the smaller Agobot worm. While officials indicated the arrests were not related, virus fighters and security experts agreed that one virus writer's arrest can often lead to others.
By Jay Lyman at TechNewsWorld.
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