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Computer busted? Blame Sven

Most viruses penned by one person
Fri Jul 30 2004, 10:09
MORE THAN 70 per cent of virus type infections last year were the work of a 17 year-old called Sven Jaschan, it's alleged.

Sven was arrested in May after being grassed up by some of his would be bounty hunter friends who were paid off with a generous donation from Microsoft.

Sven has apparently confessed to police to being the author of the Netsky and Sasser viruses. However if that is the case he single handily notched up 25 variants of Netsky and the port-scanning network worm Sasser all by himself.

While this is possible, senior technology consultant at Sophos Graham Cluley, said it was staggering that one person could be responsible for so many infections.

In fact our Graham is not so sure that Sven is telling the truth. He said that there is a chance others may be implicated in the Netsky virus, although so far no one else has been arrested.

He told CNet that the full story of the Netsky gang isn't known yet. Cluley knew some of Sven's mates have been questioned, but the real motives are not fully known.

Still when Sven does get out of jail, if he ever gets put inside, having a presence on most of the world's PC's does look good on a CV. If he is not strangled at the interview by the network manager who had to remove his work. µ



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