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Sasser Author Arrested

The supposed author of the Sasser computer worm has been arrested in Germany, according to this AP article. Apparently the author was identified by the Germans with the help of the American CIA and FBI. His name is reportedly Sven…

  • May 8, 2004

The supposed author of the Sasser computer worm has been arrested in Germany, according to this AP article.

Apparently the author was identified by the Germans with the help of the American CIA and FBI. His name is reportedly Sven J. And, of course, he’s 18-years-old.

Why are all virus writers so young? It’s not that they are master programmers — they aren’t. Most worms have horrible bugs in them. No, it’s that the young kids simply have more time on their hands and less sense of responsibility.

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