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Teenage students create million dollar virus

Date: April 14, 2006

The creator of the "Pretty Girl" virus has been identified as a 21-year-old student in Hanoi. The quick moving virus infected over 20,000-computers in Vietnam this week.

The girl whom authorities have refused to identify by name has since apologized via newspapers and to the police and called the cyber attack a 'study and research exercise trial.' However authorities are still trying to decide if to arrest the girl and what charges if any she will face.

If charged with Internet sabotage she could face up to seven years in prison and fines of up to 100 million Vietnamese dong (about 6,300 dollars).

Tran Van Hoa, director of the High-Tech Crime Department of Vietnam's public security ministry says, “This is the first time we've had to investigate a Vietnamese-created virus,' said 'If our investigation finds the student is guilty, then he will have to face criminal charges - or at least be fined.”

During the course of the week over 20,000 computers were systematically infected by the Pretty Girl virus, which was transmitted on Monday by users of Yahoo Messenger.
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