Botwar breaks out between virus writing gangs

The latest slithering worms infecting Windows 2000 systems--and hitting systems at CNN, ABC and the New York Times--are the outcome of a duel between rival virus writers, according to Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure.  "There appear to be three different virus-writing gangs turning out new worms at an alarming rate, as if they were competing to build the biggest network of infected machines,"Hypponen said.

The latest slithering worms infecting Windows 2000 systems--and hitting systems at CNN, ABC and the New York Times--are the outcome of a duel between rival virus writers, according to Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure.  "There appear to be three different virus-writing gangs turning out new worms at an alarming rate, as if they were competing to build the biggest network of infected machines,"Hypponen said. News.com's Joris Evers, Rob Lemos of SecurityFocus and Rob Vamosi of CNET.com have the detailed reports on the ongoing battle...

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