Application security

Chinese police charge eight with ‘Panda worm’ attacks

Chinese authorities have arrested eight hackers allegedly responsible for last year's worm.whboy attacks, according to media reports from that country.

Reports identified Li Jun, a 25-year-old resident of the Wuhan province, as the worm's author and said he confessed to creating the bug and selling it to other hackers.

Li reportedly earned more than $12,500 by selling the malware.

The bug is also known as the Fujacks worm, according to anti-virus vendor Sophos, which last month said that reports of the worm infecting several million Chinese PCs were greatly exaggerated.

A PC user can spot infection by the replacement of .exe file icons with images of pandas with burning joss sticks.

The worm is parasitic – replacing .exe files with more copies of the malware, officials from Sophos said last month.

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