WASHINGTON (CNN) – A 21-year old resident of Turkey and an 18-year-old Moroccan national have been arrested for creating and spreading computer worms that disrupted services on computer networks of major U.S news organizations and other institutions earlier this month, the FBI announced Friday.
FBI officials said the two men are expected to be prosecuted by the governments of their home countries.
The FBI praised Microsoft for its cooperation in the investigation, and attributed the swift resolution of the case to strong international cooperation. Microsoft said the arrests demonstrated the value of public-private collaboration.
Computer services of CNN, ABC News, The New York Times, and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Service were among those affected by the worm, officials said.
Farid Essebar, a Moroccan who used the screen name "Diabl0," and Attilla Ekici of Turkey, who used the moniker "Coder," were arrested in their home countries by authorities who cooperated with U.S. investigators in tracking the origins of the Mytob worm and its damaging variant, Zotob.