The Bugbear worm was a major pest for the antivirus coalition as it used several different methods of infection. The worm was not only complex, but insidious: enabling total control of infected computers from remote locations . It was also capable of storing passwords and credit card numbers and then sending them to a set of predetermined email addresses. Bugbear was one of the most prevalent viruses of its time, infecting 22,000 computers over 24hours at its peak.

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