August 29, 2005 - (HOSTSEARCH.COM) - Reuters reported today that the alleged authors of the Zotob and Rbot worms, Farid Essebar, 18, of Morocco, and Atilla Ekici, 21, of Turkey, that stormed through the Internet several weeks ago causing major outages at more than a 100 U.S. companies including CNN, The New York Times, and ABC News have been arrested by authorities.
Zotob and Rbot targeted a recently discovered flaw in the Plug and Play feature of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000 operating system.
Microsoft and the FBI helped overseas authorities track down those responsible, the FBI said.
"The swift resolution of this matter is the direct result of effective coordination and serves as a good example of what we can achieve when we work together," FBI Cyber Division Assistant Director Louis Reigel said in a press release.
No motive has yet been ascertained for the attacks.