Friday, August 26, 2005

Turk, Moroccan nabbed in huge worm case

Suspects allegedly created worm that disrupted computer networks of major U.S. news organizations.
An 18-year-old Moroccan national and a 21-year-old resident of Turkey have been arrested for creating and spreading computer worms that disrupted services on computer networks of major U.S news organizations and other institutions earlier this month, the FBI announced Friday.
Farid Essebar, a Moroccan who used the screen name "Diabl0," and Atilla Ekici of Turkey, who used the moniker "Coder," were arrested in their home countries by authorities who cooperated with U.S. investigators in tracking the origins of the Mytob worm; a damaging variant, Zotob; and a third worm, RBot.
Assistant FBI Director Louis Reigel, who heads the Cyber Division, said investigators believe Essebar was the author of the codes and sold them to Ekici for financial gain. He said investigators had not determined what other financial crimes may be involved, but said there was not yet evidence of planned identity theft, bank fraud or forgery......


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