29A virus-writing gang shuts down

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A notorious virus-writing gang has announced that it has ceased its operations.

In a posting on 29A’s website, group member VirusBuster announced the end of a gang that was responsible for writing malware such as Cabir (which infected Symbian mobile phones), Duts (the first ever Pocket PC virus, bizarrely inspired by a science fiction novel), Haiku (which generated Japanese-style poetry), Stream (which was the first virus to take advantage of NTFS Alternate Data Streams), Lindose (which infected both Windows and Linux computers), and…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.