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Bonjour à tous,

 

Belgian virus writer arrested

 

February 16 2004   by Will Sturgeon

 

Is the war with 'Clueless' over for her now?

 

A female Belgian virus writer who has been waging a very public and protracted war against Sophos anti-virus expert Graham Cluley has been arrested and charged by the authorities. 

 

 

 

Over the past few years 'Gigabyte' has launched a number of viruses, all identified by a strong anti-Cluley theme. One launched a game on infected PCs which challenged readers to answer questions about the man the author had nicknamed 'Clueless'. Another game required infected users to knock Cluley's head off on a modified coconut shy.

 

However, like many a Western bar brawl, this petty in-fighting threatened to get out of control and draw in innocent bystanders, and Gigabyte made very few friends outside the virus-writing community.

 

In total, Gigabyte is believed to have released four viruses to date: Quis, Coconut, Sahay and Sharp.

 

According to press reports, the unnamed Belgian virus writer was arrested by the police in her hometown of Mechelen. She has been charged and released.

 

The police confiscated five PCs and closed down her website, where she had allegedly previously posted malicious code.

 

If convicted of a charge of computer data sabotage, Gigabyte faces up to three years in prison and fines of up to €100,000. However, recent court cases involving virus writers and hackers suggest she may well escape with a more lenient sentence than the maximum.

 

The source of Gigabyte's discontent is comments made by Cluley some years ago when he claimed the majority of virus writers are male. Since then, Gigabyte has been on a mission to prove that females can cause just as much havoc as male virus writers.

 

Ironically it was that strong streak of the self-publicist in Gigabyte which ultimately led to her undoing. Carole Theriault, a security analyst at Sophos, said: "It is normally incredibly difficult to track down virus writers but when they start coming out and boasting about what they are doing they can often help us to find out where they are."

 

But perhaps the bitterest irony for the outspoken Cluley in all of this is that he is away on holiday as the news breaks. Never one to shy away from public comment, he will be kicking himself to miss this one.

 

However, Cluley's colleague Theriault said everybody at Sophos will be hoping for a sentence befitting the serious crime of distributing malicious code - though she said the exact nature of the sentence is for the courts to decide. However, the case for the prosecution would be greatly aided if any companies affected by Gigabyte's creations were to come forward and give the courts an idea of extent of damage done, according to Theriault.

 

Theriault added: "It's just a shame that [Gigabyte] didn't think to put her brain towards something more useful than virus writing because she's obviously very clever."

 

And that's a point which Gigabyte may soon have time to ponder on.

Source Silicon.com Modifié par ipl_001

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Rebonjour,

 

Gigabyte v Cluley: Seconds out, round four

 

January 05 2004  by silicon.com

 

Obsessive Belgian is back for more...

 

We've all been there. Your name appears in the CC field of an email which is replied to by one recipient, then the sender, then the original recipient and so it goes - back and forth, back and forth, clogging up your already overcrowded inbox. 

 

 

 

Eventually you are stuck as an awkward cyber-hanger-on, bearing witness to a conversation you don't want to be a part of, just because somebody felt the need to 'reply all'.

 

Perhaps eventually you get to the point where you chip in. Something along the lines of "Please, please, please remove me from the CC field of these emails and conduct your private conversation in private".

 

And that's where we find ourselves now with the slightly strange dialogue which exists between a virus writer calling herself Gigabyte and outspoken anti-virus expert Graham Cluley.

 

For the past two years Cluley-themed emails have been arriving in users' inboxes bearing some form of malware.

 

Gigabyte also rarely passed up an opportunity to slag off Cluley on her personal website and even contacted silicon.com last year to spark a war of words with the Sophos man claiming he "continues to talk shit about viruses".

 

Whatever it is about Cluley that has Gigabyte so angry has apparently yet to ease, because late last week she launched her latest attack. And this is where the rest of us find ourselves feeling like awkward hangers on to a conversation we'd really rather not be a part of.

 

We can all assume that virus writers don't like those working in the anti-virus field but what the aggrieved Belgian thinks she is achieving - other than confirming the stereotypes she claims to be attempting to debunk - is anybody's guess.

 

In July last year the teenaged Belgian virus writer release a piece of malware which launched a game on infected PCs.

 

The game showed the head of Graham Clueless [Gigabyte's pet name for Cluley] mounted on a coconut shy. The more users hit Cluley the less damage was done to their PC.

 

At the time the Sophos man made matters worse by cheekily suggesting Gigabyte carries some kind of flame for him.

 

"She is fascinated in me for one reason or another. I'm in a position of authority, so maybe she looks up to me. I'd like to think she's taken with the cut of my jib," he said.

 

So now she's back. This time with a virus which launches a quiz. Answer enough anti-Clulely questions correctly and you limit the damage done.

 

Cluley claims virus writers such as Gigabyte have some growing up to do. It would seem he has a point.

Source : Silicon.com

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Rebonjour à tous,

 

Hacker 'Gigabyte' angered by stereotypes

 

July 17 2003  by Tony Hallett

 

Graham Cluley continues to "talk shit about virus writers"...

 

Teenage Belgian hacker Gigabyte has answered comments made by Sophos anti-virus expert Graham Cluley, who yesterday hit back at a .exe piece of malware she wrote which ends up depicting him being hit by coconuts at a fairground.

 

 

 

Cluley has said Gigabyte, who has advanced skills in Microsoft's C# language and is believed to be a computer studies student, is upset with him because she has mistakenly taken some of his comments as sexist.

 

Gigabyte told silicon.com in an email that she had been misquoted in past articles and said: "Actually, yes, his sexistic [sic] comments *are* a reason why I don't like Clueless [sic] but that's not everything.

 

"Except for that, he also continues talking shit about virus writers in general, saying we're pizza-addicted, sex-starved, ugly teens who never get outside. It's always the same yet, I think, fairly unrealistic."

 

She goes on to say that Cluley has had "several arguments on alt.comp.virus with VXers, about VXers" and that "if anyone has an obsession here it's him".

 

However, Cluley was in defiant mood when he heard Gigabyte's reaction.

 

"I've never talked about them being pizza-addicted," he said. "Of the virus writers I've encountered they've certainly given the impression they have some growing up to do."

 

He added: "If I'm guilty of being obsessed about anything it's making the net a safer place. We feel we're contributing something. What's she doing?"

 

Gigabyte finished off her response by wondering why there is such a hacker stereotype. She blamed the media, putting it down to "some hacker movie probably".

Source Silicon.com

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Ow, si j'avais su que ca allait t'émouvoir à ce point, j'aurais aussi poster le message (en vf, of course).

 

Sacré nana, 19 ans, étudiante en info et grande hackeuse :P

 

Myki

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Bonjour Myki, Olivier, bonjour à tous,

Ow, si j'avais su que ca allait t'émouvoir à ce point, j'aurais aussi poster le message (en vf, of course).

 

Sacré nana, 19 ans, étudiante en info et grande hackeuse :P

 

Myki

Une Belge, une fille (on disait -fut un temps- qu'il n'y avait que des garçons parmi les crackers ! et je crois que Gigabyte le disait aussi...), 19 ans ! Modifié par ipl_001

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:P

 

Oui, belge. Comme quoi, faut etre une nana pour hacker en belgique :-(

 

Myki, taquin

 

PS : elle est accusé de quoi exactement (en enlevant tout le coté RIAA, de michante pirate, etc).

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Bonsoir Myki, Olivier, bonsoir à tous,

 

The police confiscated five PCs and closed down her website, where she had allegedly previously posted malicious code.

 

If convicted of a charge of computer data sabotage, Gigabyte faces up to three years in prison and fines of up to €100,000. However, recent court cases involving virus writers and hackers suggest she may well escape with a more lenient sentence than the maximum.

On lui a pris 5 PC.

Elle est accusée de sabotage de données informatiques et risque jusqu'à 3 ans de prison et 100.000 € d'amende mais c'est un max !

Je crois qu'elle a écrit 4 ou 5 virus dont je n'avais jamais entendu parlé... ce qui n'enlève rien à ses capacités même si elle les employait mal, selon moi !

 

Zut ! je n'arrive pas à retrouver le nom de ses virus !... si, les voilà : Quis, Coconut, Sahay et Sharp

 

Si j'ai bien lu, il y avait une petite guéguerre entre Gigabyte et Graham Cluley, un bonhomme de chez Sophos !

Il a fait exprès de la provoquer et énervée, elle s'est dévoilée... allant jusqu'à "se vanter", ce qui l'a perdue !... en quelque sorte, du Social Engineering !

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Tiens.... y'a TF1 qui vient d'etre averti :P

 

L'auteur de virus était une femme

 

Une jeune femme a été arrêtée cette semaine par la police belge. Sous le pseudo "Gigabyte", elle concevait et diffusait des virus pour prouver que les femmes n'étaient pas à négliger dans ce milieu.

 

Mis en ligne le 20 février 2004 

 

La police belge a arrêté cette semaine, dans la ville de Malines, une jeune femme connue sous le pseudo de "Gigabyte". Elle est soupçonnée d'avoir créé et diffusé des virus informatiques.

 

Gigabyte est connue dans le monde des virus depuis plusieurs années. Au moins quatre d'entre eux ont pu lui être attribués, Parrot, Coconut, Sahay et Sharp. Ces quatre virus ont tous un point commun : ils affichent clairement l'animosité de leur auteur envers un homme, Graham Cluley, expert en antivirus pour l'entreprise Sophos.

 

Il y a quelques années, Graham Cluley avait déclaré que les auteurs de virus étaient tous des hommes. Agacée par cette réflexion qu'elle considérait comme misogyne, Gigabyte avait décidé de lui prouver le contraire. Son premier ver, Parrot, était diffusé par e-mail, renommait des fichiers dans le répertoire Windows et affichait un texte insultant le spécialiste anti-virus. L'un des derniers, Coconut, lançait une jeu dans lequel il fallait lancer des noix de cocos à la tête du même Cluley.

 

"Gigabyte s'est gagné une certaine réputation. Le fait qu'elle soit une femme dans un univers dominé par les hommes, ajouté à l'étrange relation qui la lie à Graham Cluley, en a fait une chouchou des médias", a déclaré Carole Thierault, de Sophos.

 

Au domicile de Gigabyte, la police belge a saisi cinq ordinateurs et a fait fermer son site web. Elle a été interpellée puis relâchée. Elle est poursuivie pour sabotage informatique et risque jusqu'à trois ans de prison et 100.000 euros d'amende.

 

Source News TF1

 

Myki

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