8/26/2005

Two Arrested In Zotob Worm Probe

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 1:31 pm

Authorities in Morocco and Turkey have arrested two people believed to be responsible for unleashing a computer worm that infected networks at U.S. companies and government agencies earlier this month, the
FBI said Friday.

Farid Essebar, 18, was arrested in Morocco, while Atilla Ekici, 21, was arrested in Turkey on Thursday, the FBI said. They will be prosecuted in those countries, the FBI said.

The Zotob worm and its variations targeted computers that run Microsoft Corp. operating systems, with
Windows 2000 users most seriously affected.

The worm disrupted computer operations in mid-August at several large news organizations, including The Associated Press, ABC, CNN, and The New York Times, such companies as heavy-equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. and the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau.

Microsoft played a role in locating the suspects, the FBI said.

Source: AP

 

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