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'Goner' authors arrested

'Goner' authors arrested

The young programmers of the virus W32.Goner.A@mm, classified by the antivirus manufacturers in the highest danger level, were arrested in Israel on Saturday. Since the virus, which first appeared on December 4th, also spread via ICQ and IRC, its popularity quickly increased.

However, the number of computers actually infected was comparatively limited because the system was not automatically subverted by the Outlook preview function. However, once the computer was infected, the virus deleted the program files of the well-known antivirus programs and was then able to spread easily with the help of the Outlook address book. Now 4 Israeli youths between the ages of 15 and 16 have admitted to having programmed the virus and, as a result, also put it into circulation. As is so often the case, the youngsters assert that they had no idea what damage their virus, which emerged from a bet with a rival hacker group, could do. Nevertheless, according to the law applicable in Israel, they face a prison sentence of between three and five years.