posted on May, 8 2004 @ 07:27 PM
ROTENBURG, Germany - A 18-year-old male arrested Friday, on suspicion of creating the Sasser worm that wreaked havoc on Mircosoft systems in recent
weeks, has confessed. The worm causing serious computer outages world wide, is believed to be one of the costliest to the world economy ever. A patch
was earlier released by Microsoft.
German authorities got a tip-off from Microsoft, that on its turn was tipped-off by a group of individuals from the suspects home state of Lower
Saxony, tempted by a possible reward. Microsoft known to put bounties (up to $250,000) on the heads of notorious programmers, agreed to pay the reward
if there is a conviction.
German law enforcement officers raided the man's house and found a computer containing the Sasser source code.
The suspect was later released because there was no indication to the police that he was a repeat offender.
He will probably be tried in a youth court as he just turned 18, on April 29, and was a minor when comitting the acts of "computer sabotage."
The investigation that led to the arrest was a joined effort of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, German police and the Microsoft Corporation.
Microsoft called it a "coordinated multinational law enforcement effort."
"Within 48 hours of the informants coming forward, our investigators and the German police were able to identify the perpetrator of the Sasser
virus and to take him into custody,"
said Brad Smith, general counsel for Microsoft. "This individual is responsible, we believe, for all
four variants of the Sasser virus."
"We are absolutely certain that this really is the creator of the Internet worm because Microsoft experts were involved in the inquiry and
confirmed our suspicions and because the suspect admitted to it,"
said Frank Federau from Lower Saxony police.
Heiner Wilhelm from Lower Saxony police said the suspect was not aware of the extent of the damage he had caused. "He had become worried about the
impact but he hadn't reckoned on our turning up,"
he told a news conference in Hanover.
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[Edited on 9-5-2004 by Banshee]