[ISN] Welsh virus mastermind convicted

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Date: Thu Dec 26 2002 - 05:22:48 PST

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    Forwarded from: Muhammad Faisal Rauf Danka <mfrdat_private>
    Discretion is indeed the better part of valour - or, Vallor, in the 
    case of twenty-two-year-old Simon Vallor of Llandudno in Wales, who 
    pled guilty last week to having most indiscreetly uncorked what 
    prosecutors termed "the third most destructive virus worldwide" at its 
    epidemic height in 2001. 
    Mr. Vallor owned up to having pumped out three mass e-mails last year 
    - GoKar, Redesi, and Admirer - which, when opened, laced the virus 
    across all the entries in recipients' address books. Twenty-seven 
    thousand computers in forty-two countries were overrun. Subject 
    headings bore such enticements as "You have a secret admirer," in 
    order to entrap vain and inquisitive readers. 
    After the virus was first tracked on December 5, last year, Scotland 
    Yard chased down a tip pointing to Mr. Vallor, who was using the 
    e-mail alias Gobo. Mr. Vallor is alleged to have regaled visitors to a 
    chatroom known collegially as Team Virus with his infectious exploits. 
    A sentencing date remains to be set. 
    Muhammad Faisal Rauf Danka
    Head of GemSEC / Chief Technology Officer
    Gem Internet Services (Pvt) Ltd.
    web: www.gem.net.pk
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    Key Fingerprint: 6F8C EDCF 6C6E 06A5 48D7 6A20 C592 484B 
    784B 0202
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