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Zotob Worm Writers Sent to Prison

BBC News Wire (
Fri, 15 Sep 2006 18:33:34 -0500

The creators of the Zotob Windows worm have been given prison
sentences by a Moroccan court. The two men behind the malicious
program, Farid Essabar and Achraf Bahloul, were caught soon after the
virus struck in August 2005.

The pair faced charges of conspiracy, theft, using forged credit cards
and illegal access to computers.

Zotob caught out high-profile firms such as CNN, the Financial Times
and the New York Times.

The worm targeted Microsoft's Windows 2000 operating system which is
widely used by many large companies.

About 100 companies, including heavy plant maker Caterpillar,
reportedly suffered computer problems as a result of the Zotob worm.

At news firm CNN the worm disrupted the station's live reports.
Computers infected by the worm fell into a cycle of constant

The authorities caught up with the pair less than a fortnight after
the virus struck and many anti-virus experts were surprised that they
were based in Morocco. Mr Essabar now faces up to twenty years in
prison and Mr Bahloul up to ten years.

Mr Essabar is also thought to be behind a series of other viruses that
targeted Windows computers.

The pair were thought to have worked closely with an accomplice in
Turkey named by the FBI as Atilla Ekici.

Lawyers for the two men said they planned to file an appeal against
their sentences.

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