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Thursday, 8 March, 2001, 22:29 GMT
The CyberWoozles attack
E-mail screen
The ILOVEYOU virus demonstrated the power of cybercriminals
By the BBC's Max Foster

Cybercriminals have found a new tool - the cyberwoozle, a dangerous hacking animal which lurks in websites.

An internet surfer can fall victim to the virus simply by clicking on an internet shortcut.

A hidden code is released which allows the website operators to see inside your computer, reading files and even disabling them.

When hackers broke into the computer system at this year's World Economic Forum, it was a stark illustration of how threatening cybercrime has become.

Invasion of Privacy

They managed to gather personal information, including mobile phone numbers and credit card details, from delegates which included finance ministers and global business leaders.

And the Naked Wife virus has reminded the world again this week of the widespread chaos that can be caused by cybercriminals through viruses such as Melissa and I love you.

Now cybercriminals have a new tool. Its called the Cyberwoozle and its hidden in websites.

It only stops working when the surfer shuts his or her internet connection down.

Cyberwoozles have actually been used for some time by companies trying to find out more about the people logging into their websites.

But many see that as an invasion of privacy, and a worryingly powerful tool for criminals.

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