FBI nabs Zotob and Mytob authors



I’m impressed, it looks as though the FBI has announced the arrest of the authors of both the Zotob and Mytob viruses. Of course Zotob was in the wild in the last 2 weeks. This is really very good news as it is rare for virus writers to be identified and captured. Maybe the FBI has honed it’s ability to track these guys?


According to The Security Fix

Moroccan authorities, working with the FBI, arrested Farid Essebar, 18, a Moroccan national born in Russia who went by the screen moniker “Diabl0.” Arrested in Turkey was Atilla Ekici, aka “Coder,” age 21. Both individuals will be subject to local prosecutions, the FBI said.

further….

According to a report on an Arabic new site, Essebar and Ekici allegedly used the information they stole from infected computers to facilitate a bankcard forgery scam.

Sounds like two more identity theives will be off the net for a while. Kudos to the FBI.

A Morrocan paper has further coverage.

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