BitDefender sees Al-Qaeda link in new Atak worm

Friday, 16 July 2004, 2:42 PM EST

A second variant of the Atak worm, which goes to sleep to avoid detection by antivirus software, has been linked to an Al-Qaeda sympathiser who once threatened to release a powerful worm if the US attacked Iraq.

Romanian antivirus firm Bitdefender claims the worm's author has signed his nickname into an encrypted part of the worm's code.

Mihai Radu, communications manager at BitDefender, told ZDNet UK that the virus, discovered on Friday, is signed by Melhacker, which is the moniker of a Malaysian-based coder called Vladimor Chamlkovic, who in 2002 threatened to release an "uber-worm" if the US attacked Iraq.

By Munir Kotadia at ZDNet.

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