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Zotob authors go to jail

The Moroccan authorities have announced that Farid Essebar, 18, better known as “Diabl0” and his 20-year old friend, Achraf Bahloul have been finally sentenced, after a trial which took more than an year. The duo has been convicted for conspiracy, theft, using forged credit cards and illegal access to computer systems, altough explicitely not for writing the Zotob / Bozori worm. As a result, Essebbar will spend two years in prison and Bahloul one.

Hopefully, this will make some people think better before releasing a worm in wild.

Zotob authors go to jail

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Reports

Operation TunnelSnake

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APT trends report Q1 2021

This report highlights significant events related to advanced persistent threat (APT) activity observed in Q1 2021. The summaries are based on our threat intelligence research and provide a representative snapshot of what we have published and discussed in greater detail in our private APT reports.

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