[ISN] Swedish Worm Writer Nabbed

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Date: Wed Mar 26 2003 - 00:02:10 PST

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    Associated Press  
    March 25, 2003 
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Swedish police said Tuesday they detained the
    creator of a computer virus that had tried to trick recipients into
    opening and spreading it by offering war-related messages.
    Police said the virus, dubbed Ganda, clogged thousands of computers
    worldwide last week, reproducing itself by sending out e-mail messages
    offering screensavers with names like "Spy pics" and "Go USA."
    A message hidden in the virus helped Swedish investigators trace the
    suspect to Haernoesand, 250 miles north of the capital, Stockholm,
    police spokesman Torbjoern Ull said.
    He said the man confessed to creating and spreading the virus after
    police raided his home Friday. He was not arrested, but prosecutor
    Kristina Brolin said she would file charges of computer trespassing
    and inflicting damage.
    The suspect, whose name and age were not released, could face up to
    four years in prison.
    In the message, sent to several newspapers in Sweden, the suspect
    complained about the Swedish educational system, Ull said.
    "He feels he has been unfairly treated during his school days and he
    wants to alert the media to his problems," Ull said.
    Per Hellqvist, a spokesman for the Swedish unit of Internet security
    company Symantec, said the virus had a limited reach, perhaps because
    some of the text was in Swedish.
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