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|Eight arrested in virus case
BEIJING, Feb. 13 -- Police Monday arrested eight suspects involved in producing
and disseminating a severe computer virus, according to Xinhua News Agency.
The picture shows the logo of Xiongmao
Shaoxiang (Panda burns joss-sticks), a worm that has hit millions of
computers in the country since November 2006. (File Photo)
Police said it was the first case related to the
spreading of computer viruses in China.
Li Jun, a 25-year-old hacker from Wuhan, in Central
China's Hubei Province, is accused of creating Xiongmao Shaoxiang (Panda burns
joss-sticks), a worm that has hit millions of computers in the country since
Li told police he programmed the virus on Oct. 16,
2006, and made more than 100,000 yuan (13,000 U.S. dollars) selling it to over
120 people via the Internet both himself and through agents.
The man has also created three other viruses, all of
which have wrecked havoc on China's Internet communities.
Apart from Li, five of the other seven suspects, with
an average age of 23, are accused of mutating and spreading various computer
viruses including Xiongmao Shaoxiang.
Based in different areas of China including Shandong
and Zhejiang provinces, these five major suspects are also charged with making
illegal profits by stealing accounts of computer games on QQ, an online chatting
tool equivalent to ICQ.
Xiongmao Shaoxiang, officially named Worm_Viking, is
said to be the top computer killer of the past four months, according to the
National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center.
An infected computer will display a blue screen, go
through frequent automatic restarts and lose hardware data. All its files are
shown as a panda icon. The virus also features a Trojan horse program, which can
steal the passwords of computer users.
Police began investigating the virus in the middle of
January, with officers from more than 10 regions joining forces to crack the
(Source: China Daily)