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Computer viruses could have your number

by Donna Buenaventura / March 30, 2004 2:52 PM PST

Internet security experts warned on Monday that the creators of some of the latest computer viruses are using computers infected by the bugs to run online scams to get credit card information from unsuspecting buyers.

Fake online shops are running on infected home computers which are controlled by hackers or criminals, said Mikko Hyppoenen, head of anti-virus research at Finland's F-Secure.

"There is an investigation going on and we are trying to find out which viruses they are using. It could be any of the latest viruses, such as Bagle and Mydoom."

Many of the recent bugs open a so-called back door on infected computers, giving their creators access to the contaminated machines without the owners' knowledge.

http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=115&art_id=vn20040330013238498C399793&set_id=1

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