Israeli youths admit to creating 'Goner' worm

Four Israeli secondary-school students have admitted to creating the Goner e-mail worm, which started spreading rapidly last...

Four Israeli secondary-school students have admitted to creating the Goner e-mail worm, which started spreading rapidly last week.

The youths, aged 15 and 16, were arrested last Friday in the northern city of Nahariya, according to Israeli press reports.

They created the worm as part of a competition with a rival group of hackers, the reports said. If convicted, the youths could face three years to five years in prison.

Hundreds of thousands of computers around the world received the Goner worm as an e-mail attachment disguised as a screensaver. But researchers have said the economic damage caused by the attack was relatively small, partly because anti-virus software vendors reacted quickly with virus-definition updates.

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