Incidents

Benny, Ratter questioned

The end of last week there was large-scale police roundup of 29A members, 29A being the notorious international virus-writer group. The Czech police detained Benny and Ratter, two leading members. We also have unconfirmed information that Vallez (from Spain) and dis69 (Poland) have also been arrested.

Benny was picked up for the suspicion of writing or helping write Slammer. This Internet worm caused a major epidemic in January 2003. His computer was taken for in-depth analysis. Benny was released by police on Sunday. They asked him for Ratter’s contact details. We don’t have official information about any legal action yet.

The 29A site has a note that dis69 (Poland), also known as Yup, has left the group. At this point, we don’t have any information regarding the capture of other 29A members: Vecna, Z0mbie, VirusBuster.

Benny, Ratter questioned

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Reports

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