U.S., U.K. find suspected worm author

U.S., U.K. find suspected worm author

The FBI announced this week that a 24-year-old man was arrested in the United Kingdom in connection with propagating the so-called W32-Leave.worm, or Leaves worm, to Internet-connected PCs running 32-bit Microsoft Windows operating systems.

The arrest was a joint effort by the FBI and New Scotland Yard. The FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center in June issued a warning about the worm, which was discovered by the SANS Institute of Bethesda, Md., and reported to NIPC.

The worm, which reportedly synchronized the PCs' internal clocks with U.S. Naval Observatory time, affected mostly home systems with outdated antivirus software. Current software can detect the worm, the FBI statement said.

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