M00p virus-writing gang member pleads guilty

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A Scottish computer hacker has pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court to breaking the Computer Misuse Act, after spreading malware around the world via spammed out emails.

33-year-old Matthew Anderson, from Drummuir, Aberdeenshire, was a member of the m00p virus-writing gang who spread malware in 2006, including the Stinx Trojan horse, which was spammed out widely attached to emails with the subject line “Photo Approval Needed”.


The Stinx Trojan horse contained a reference to the m00p gang inside its code.

Other attacks included bogus messages pretending to come from anti-virus firm F-Secure, fake emails…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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.

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