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Tokyo police have begun investigating suspected cases of unauthorized Internet access after a number of companies reported that their Web sites had been altered, apparently by the Gumblar computer virus and its variants, Metropolitan Police Department officials said.

The department’s high-tech crime investigators believe IDs and passwords were used to access the sites in many of the cases that have been reported since mid-December. Viewers of these altered sites were redirected to other Web sites containing malicious software.

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