'Love bug' suspect a woman?

MANILA, MAY 7. The Philippines today said the United States was helping to track down the source of the ``love bug'' virus that ravaged computers worldwide and a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) official said the suspected hacker was a woman.

The national police chief told presspersons that investigators had identified the suspect but it could take a while to make an arrest because ``the suspect is a moving target''.

Police said a young computer school student apparently from a middle class family could be behind the virus. But the NBI official said it was possible she might not be responsible for the computer attack. ``It was only the computer used to launch the virus that was traced but anybody could have used that computer,'' he said.

The official, who asked not to be identified, said it was possible the suspect might have already destroyed whatever evidence could link her to the virus.

- Reuters