8/30/2005

Men Arrested For Writing Zotob Linked To 20 Viruses

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 2:09 pm

One of two men arrested last week over the Zotob worm outbreak has been linked to the creation of 20 other viruses.

Farid Essebar, 18, a Russian-born Moroccan resident, was arrested by investigators last Thursday, less than two weeks after Zotob worms exploited recently-discovered Windows flaws to disrupt high profile organisations around the world. Essebar was allegedly paid by his supposed accomplice, Atilla Ekici, to create the worms. Ekici has been arrested in Turkey by police investigating the case.

Essebar is believed to use the nick-name “Diabl0″, a phrase embedded inside the Zotob-A worm. Sophos researchers have determined that over 20 other viruses include the “Diabl0″ handle, including numerous variants of the Mytob worm (a code cousin to Zotob) as well as a MyDoom variant, MyDoom-BG.

Source: The Register

 

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