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Zotob suspect linked to other viruses

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One of the two men arrested this weekend over the Zotob worm could have authored as many as 20 other viruses, according to security specialists Sophos.

Farid Essebar, 18, a Russian resident of Morocco, is believed to use the alias 'Diabl0', a name that appeared in the Zotob A worm code. Sophos has found a similar name in the code of 20 other viruses, including Mydoom-BG and many versions of the Mytob worm.

"To the untrained eye Mytob and Zotob can appear quite different: one group of viruses travels via email, the other primarily by exploiting a Microsoft security hole, " said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

"However, when examined by an experienced virus analyst the similarities become clear.

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