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German police also arrest author of the Agobot and Phatbot worms

Hidden beneath all the news about the bust of the Sasser worm author is the story this weekend of the bust of the “Agobot” “Phatbot” worm author. On Friday, German police made two arrests that security officials hope could ultimately expose the murky underground of virus-writers and hackers and crack into one of the most rapidly growing areas of cybercrime. Acting on a tip-off from reward-seekers and information from Microsoft itself, German police on Friday arrested an 18-year-old programer from the state of Lower Saxony who admitted to writing the super-potent Sasser computer worm. Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith said on Saturday the suspect is also believed to be responsible “for the creation of all 28 variants of the Netsky virus.” He would not say if the man was connected to the Skynet group, citing the investigation was still ongoing. Also, police in the southern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg said on Saturday they had arrested a 21-year-old man who confessed to programming another damaging worm that was first known as “Agobot” and later as “Phatbot.” Full Story

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