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Zotob duo arrested

by Nikola Strahija on August 30th, 2005 Two men have been arrested in Morocco and Turkey over a computer worm, which disrupted networks across the United States.


Farid Essebar, 18, of Morocco, and Atilla Ekici, 21, of Turkey, are being held in connection with the Zotob worm, which hit the Internet less than two weeks ago.

They are also suspected of creating vormís predecessors Rbot and Mytob.
Zotob caused system crashes at more than 100 US companies, including major media outlets such as CNN and The New York Times, though it did not cause widespread havoc.

Close co-operation between the FBI, Microsoft and authorities in Morocco and Turkey was essential to the case, FBI Cyber Division Assistant Director Louis Reigel said.

-Had we not had those entities involved in this investigation, I suspect it would still be ongoing today, he said.
Mr Reigel said Essebar wrote the malicious code and provided it to Ekici for a fee.

The two men will face prosecution in their native countries and FBI officials will provide evidence, he said.

Zotob targeted a recently discovered flaw in the Plug and Play feature of Microsoft's Windows 2000 operating system.


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