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Scot arrested for computer virus

Date: July 07, 2006

A Scot has been arrested in connection with a virus that infected thousands of computers worldwide.

Matthew Anderson, 28, was picked up by police on Tuesday as part of a probe into the email scam.

It is understood the inquiry centres on a conspiracy to infect computers by creating Trojan horse viruses attached to emails.

Anderson, of Drummuir, near Keith in Banffshire, appeared at Elgin Sheriff Court last year accused of using a virus to bring down two websites. The case was abandoned two weeks later.

Police confirmed three men had been arrested as part of an international operation and that a 28-yearold Scot was due to return to London for questioning in October.

A 63-year-old Suffolk man and a 19-year-old male from Finland were also arrested as part of the inquiry run by the Metropolitan Police and Finnish officers.

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