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Watch out for sober Russian virus writers

Rob Rosenberger, Vmyths co-founder
Wednesday, 22 December 1999

THE RUSSIANS ARE coming! According to a Reuters newswire (summarized in a ZDNN blurb), controversial Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky "said on Monday he would [ring in the new year] by hacking into Western computers... Asked to have a drink to mark his party's good showing [in a recent poll], he said: 'No. No way, we Russians don't drink any more. We now work on computers, we use computers to send viruses to the West and then we poach your money. We have the best hackers in the world.' "

FBI NIPC will let him break into your systems, too. (The "long arm of the cyber-law" only goes after U.S. virus writers.) No doubt these vodka-free über-viruses attack the realtime clock...