Sasser worm suspect detained

German police have arrested an 18-year-old man suspected of creating the "Sasser" computer worm.

    The worm has wreaked havoc on PCs running certain systems

    A police spokesman said the man was arrested on Friday. No other details were available.

    German newsweekly Der Spiegel reported that the CIA and FBI also were involved in the hunt for the worm's creator, whom it identified as Sven J.

    Sasser, a tenacious computer worm, is expected to infect millions of machines before it runs its course.

    Since appearing at the weekend, it has wreaked havoc on personal computers running on the ubiquitous Microsoft Windows 2000, NT and XP operating systems, but is expected to slow down as computer users download anti-virus patches.
     
    Home users, corporations, and government agencies throughout Europe, North America and Asia have been hit. Once infected, the vulnerable PC reboots without warning as the compact programme hunts for more machines to infiltrate.

    Sasser could mutate by combining with the two-month-old Netsky worm, making it a launching pad for further web attacks that would put it on par with Blaster, the destructive worm that appeared last year and used infected computers to attack Microsoft Corporation's website.

    Microsoft this week declined to say whether it planned to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest of Sasser's author, such as the $250,000 reward it offered for the Blaster creator.  

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Lost childhoods: Nigeria's fear of 'witchcraft' ruins young lives

    Many Pentecostal churches in the Niger Delta offer to deliver people from witchcraft and possession - albeit for a fee.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    There are a number of reasons why Beijing continues to back Maduro's government despite suffering financial losses.