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Morocco Jails Two For Disrupting U.S. Computers

Reuters News Wire (
Tue, 12 Sep 2006 20:26:09 -0500

A Moroccan court on Tuesday jailed two men for one and two years for
unleashing computer worms that disrupted networks across the United
States, court officials and lawyers said.

The court in Sale, twin city to the Moroccan capital Rabat, convicted
19-year old science student Farid Essebar and his friend Achraf
Bahloul, 22, for their role in creating and spreading the Zotob worm
last year.

Moroccan authorities said the two men had one accomplice in Turkey who
was named earlier by the FBI as Atilla Ekici.

Zotob caused computer outages at more than 100 U.S. companies,
including major media outlets like CNN and the New York Times. But it
did not create widespread havoc like software programs such as SQL
Slammer and MyDoom.

"The court convicted the two men for conspiracy, theft, using forged
credit cards and illegal access to computer systems," a court official

It sentenced Essebar and Bahloul to two years and one year in prison
respectively. The two men' lawyers said they planned to lodge appeals

The FBI said close teamwork with Microsoft Corp. and authorities in
Morocco and Turkey helped net Essebar and Ekici 12 days after the

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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