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May 2004

Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against viruses and spam, today announced that Sophos Anti-Virus (3.81) has been awarded the VB 100% award in the June 2004 edition of Virus Bulletin.

28 May 2004

Howard Carmack, also known as the "Buffalo Spammer", will spend a minimum of 3.5 years in prison for 14 counts of identity theft and forgery.

28 May 2004

A 30-year-old computer engineer has been arrested in Taiwan for allegedly writing and distributing a Trojan horse which allowed hackers to steal information from the island's government computers.

27 May 2004

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have charged a 16-year-old youth with computer crimes associated with the Randex worm.

27 May 2004

Michael Maloney, a 17-year-old minor from Queens, New York, has been reported to have sent phishing emails purporting to be an official communication from America Online. As a result, he faced charges from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

25 May 2004

Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses from spam and viruses, today announced the release of PureMessage for Windows/Exchange, a consolidated anti-spam and anti-virus solution for enterprise users running Microsoft platforms.

25 May 2004

Sophos, a world leader in protecting organizations against spam and viruses, today announced a new K-12 education program focused on delivering effective, cost-sensitive anti-virus, anti-spam and policy enforcement solutions that meet the unique needs of the K-12 market.

24 May 2004

The Cycle worm drops a message on hard drives about the political and social situation in Iran. But it is far from the first virus with a political message, as Sophos reports.

19 May 2004

Virus researchers at Sophos have warned users about a new internet worm which is capable of turning infected computers into spam factories and launchpads for denial-of-service attacks against websites.

18 May 2004

According to reports in the German media, the person who gave Microsoft valuable information which lead to the arrest of Sven Jaschan, the suspected author of the Sasser worm, may themselves be under suspicion.

17 May 2004

The Sober-G worm has been reported spreading widely over the weekend, according to reports to Sophos.

17 May 2004

Police in Germany held a suspected malware writer in custody for a week as they feared he would leave the country.

14 May 2004

All 360 of Singapore's government schools were disconnected from the internet this week in a bid to contain the Agobot worm.

14 May 2004

Sophos advises users about a new internet worm which hunts for computers infected by Sasser.

14 May 2004

Police in Germany have questioned an additional five people in connection with the creation and distribution of the Sasser and Netsky worms.

13 May 2004

According to media reports, a 21-year-old German man was arrested and charged under the country's computer sabotage law for creating malicious computer code.

12 May 2004

Mystery surrounds the identities of those who directed computer crime authorities to the home of Sven Jaschan, the suspected author of the Sasser worm.

09 May 2004

An 18-year-old man has been arrested in Waffensen, near Rotenburg, North Germany, in connection with writing and distributing the infamous Sasser internet worm, which is estimated to have attacked tens of millions of PCs across the world.

08 May 2004

25 South African government departments are said to have been hit by the Sasser worm.

06 May 2004

The UK's National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) has arrested 12 people suspected of being members of a gang involved in defrauding users of online banks.

06 May 2004

Sophos reveals that four years have passed since the Love Bug outbreak.

04 May 2004

The Sasser worm is reported to have disrupted IT systems at the UK's network of coastguard control rooms.

04 May 2004

Microsoft is working with law enforcement agencies investigating the Sasser outbreak.

04 May 2004

The Sasser internet worm is said to have seriously affected operations at offices of Taiwan's national post office

03 May 2004

The W32/Netsky-AC worm is posing as a cure for the widespread Sasser worm. Sophos urges computer users to be wary.

03 May 2004

Media reports have suggested that the Sasser worm may have resulted in 300,000 Australian train travellers being stranded.

03 May 2004

Sophos issues up-to-the-minute advice to users concerned about the Sasser internet worm outbreaks.

01 May 2004

Sophos issues advice to users concerned about the Sasser internet worm.

01 May 2004