Thursday, September 04, 2003


Romanian arrested in new MSBlast strain | CNET News.com  

Romanian arrested in new MSBlast strain | CNET News.com: "Romanian arrested in new MSBlast strain

By Reuters
September 3, 2003, 2:50 PM PT

A Romanian antivirus company said Wednesday that it helped police identify a 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of releasing a new version of the MSBlast Internet worm, the second arrest of a copycat-virus writer in the past week.
Meanwhile, the culprit behind the original MSBlast remains at large. The original worm, which also goes by the names Blaster and Lovsan, surfaced last month, infecting hundreds of thousands of computers running Microsoft's Windows operating system.
Romanian security company BitDefender said Romanian authorities arrested Dan Dumitru Ciobanu from the northern Romanian city of Iasi on suspicion of creating and distributing MSBlast.F, the latest version of the worm.

According to information posted by U.S. antivirus company Symantec, MSBlast.F was released Sept. 1 and has achieved minimal distribution to date. The offshoot's main difference from the original worm is that it renames some files with Romanian words and attempts to launch a denial-of-service attack against an apparently defunct Romanian Web site. "

Another one bites the dust...
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