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Anti-Blair worm raids UK website

San Francisco, Sept. 5 (Reuters): A new Internet worm has surfaced that criticises British Prime Minister Tony Blair and launches an attack attempting to knock a UK government website off the Internet, anti-virus software provider Sophos Plc said yesterday.

The worm, dubbed “Quaters,” spreads via e-mail using a variety of subject lines, such as “Your Account Information,” and spreads in Internet chat relay systems posing as an attempt to break an Internet chain mail world record.

It overwrites files on a user’s computer and displays a message that accuses Blair of wasting taxpayer money on immigrants instead of spending it on the national health service and schools.

“Think about it Mr Blair. Your career depends on it, we’ve had enough,” the message says in part.

Quaters also tries to launch a denial-of-service attack on the website of the Prime Minister’s office, http://www.number-10.gov.uk, Sophos said.

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