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Farid Essebar

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Farid Essebar
Farid Essebar (Arabic: ) (born in 1987, known as Diabl0) is a Moroccan black hat hacker. He was one of
the two people (along with Turkish Atilla Ekici) behind the spread of the Zotob computer worm that targeted
Windows 2000 operating systems in 2005. Among the affected were CNN, ABC News, New York Times,
Caterpillar, United Parcel Service, Boeing and also United States Department of Homeland Security.
Microsoft used 50 investigators and had put a $250,000 reward for the capture of the cracker(s). Microsoft's General
counsel declared on August 26, 2005 that "The fact that we were able to see these arrests in less than two weeks and
see them halfway around the world really drives that point home."
Essebar is a Russian citizen also.
Arrest
Main article: Arrest of the coders
Intentions
It is believed that his intention was to facilitate credit card forgery scams. The FBI believes that Atilla Ekici paid
Farid Essebar to code the worm.
Other accusations
In July 2006, investigators stated that Essebar may have authored more than 20 viruses.
[1]
2014 Arrest
On 17 March 2014, Essebar was arrested in Thailand after a 2-year investigation by Thai police. The investigation
was triggered by a complaint from Swiss authorities over an alleged infiltration of a Swiss bank that caused a
multi-billion dollars damage.
Trial
On September 15, 2006, a Moroccan court sentenced Essebar to two years of prison.
[2]
It was reduced to a year on
December 15, 2006.Wikipedia:Citation needed
Notes
[1] (pcwelt.de) - "Zotob author may be virus mastermind" (http:/ / www. pcwelt. de/ news/ englishnews/ 118950/ )
[2] Moroccan authorities sentence two in Zotob computer worm attack (http:/ / www. fbi. gov/ pressrel/ pressrel06/ zotob091306. htm)
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Article Sources and Contributors
Farid Essebar Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?oldid=600849575 Contributors: Adashiel, Adavidb, Anas Salloum, CRKingston, Charles Gaudette, D6, Dalf, Darwinek, Exerb,
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