Probe into man who tipped off Sasser creator

17th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

17 May 2004 , MUNICH - The man who tipped off authorities about who created the "Sasser" computer virus is himself now under investigation and could lose out on the USD 250,000 reward posted by Microsoft, the news magazine Focus reported. In its latest issue, the Munich-based weekly cited public prosecutors as saying that the man identified only as Marle B. was being investigated on suspicions of computer sabotage. Ite was Marle B. who provided the tip which put investigators on the trail of Sven Jaschan,

17 May 2004

MUNICH - The man who tipped off authorities about who created the "Sasser" computer virus is himself now under investigation and could lose out on the USD 250,000 reward posted by Microsoft, the news magazine Focus reported.

In its latest issue, the Munich-based weekly cited public prosecutors as saying that the man identified only as Marle B. was being investigated on suspicions of computer sabotage.

Ite was Marle B. who provided the tip which put investigators on the trail of Sven Jaschan, 18, who has admitted to having unleashed the Sasser worm virus which invaded millions of personal computers and also wreaked havoc at many companies.

According to Focus magazine, the informant might not be able to claim the USD 250,000 reward money.

"If he was involved in Sasser, then he will go away empty-handed," a Microsoft spokesman, Thomas Baumgaertner, told the magazine.

The Focus report comes after public prosecutor Helmut Trentmann said that five further persons were under investigation in Germany on suspicion of releasing the predecessor to the Sasser computer virus onto the Internet.

Trentmann has headed an inquiry that began a week ago with the arrest of Jaschan, 18, who in his confession had said Sasser was based on a virus he devised called Netsky, which preceded Sasser's worldwide spread late last month.

The prosectors said the five under suspicion were all friends of Jaschan.

"There are indications that the whole group came from the one school," said Trentmann in Verden, close to the northern city of Bremen. Jaschan attended a 2,350-student trade-training college, a stage beyond secondary school, in the nearby town of Rotenburg.

Earlier Trentmann said a computer-sabotage trial before a juvenile court could begin in a matter of weeks thanks to Jaschan's confession. After the arrest, Trentmann said Jaschan asserted he had tried to write a "good" virus that repaired damage by "bad" viruses.

Security experts say Sasser appeared to have no insidious aim. But its spread overloaded the Internet and caused huge numbers of infected personal computers worldwide to cease normal functions.

 

 

DPA

Subject: German news 

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