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Teen 'confesses' to Sasser worm

An 18-year-old German high school student has admitted creating the Sasser internet worm, police say. The worm hit hundreds of thousands of computers last week, continually shutting down and rebooting them. The teenager was arrested on Friday near the town of Rotenburg in northern Germany with the help of the FBI and Microsoft. He has now been released. Investigators seized a number of computers and disks from his home. It is understood he was working alone. The teenager’s identity has not been released, though the German weekly Der Spiegel reported that the CIA and FBI had joined the search for a suspect known as Sven J. He is now being investigated on suspicion of computer sabotage which under German law carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, the BBC’s Tristana Moore in Berlin reports. Full Story

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