Ex-virus writer questioned over Slammer

Ex-virus writer questioned over Slammer

Summary: Czech police have questioned former virus writer Benny over the Slammer worm, according to reports

TOPICS: Security
Police are questioning Benny, a former member of the 29A virus writers' club, over the Internet worm Slammer.

According to Czech security news site viry.cz, police interviewed the 22 year-old, who lives in Brno, and confiscated computers from his home last Thursday.

"It seems that the police have questioned him about a virus that was really significant," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. "Benny has always said that he never released his viruses into the wild, so it will be interesting to see if any charges will be brought against him.

However, he has published his dangerous viral source code on the Internet which may have acted as an encouragement for others to cause damage.

Benny was recently employed by antivirus company Zoner software and has been the in media spotlight since his retirement from the 29A group in early 2003.

No link has ever been proved between Benny and Slammer, which temporarily crippled the Internet in January 2003. Cluley pointed out that some members of the 29A group had left this month. Members Ratter and dis69 resigned, while two weeks ago, Whale was found guilty in Russian courts of virus writing. Benny's blog has also disappeared from the Internet. Cluley said this could be because of increased police pressure on virus writers.

"[Benny's] Web log has vaporised," Cluley added. "Other members of 29A seem to be disintegrating, so with people being questioned they could be asked to squeal and reveal who the others are. [29A] is losing a lot of members this month. A lot of them will be feeling that the heat is on and that it's just not worth it."

Topic: Security

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  • First i would like to say that avers only want to arrest people like BENNY just to make them examples for others, he is an ex-member (i.e. retired) so pick up a dictionary and learn your acronyms. second i like to state that some of us will boycott for some time, to show that WE MAKE AVERS MONEY ($$$), so if we all stopped one day, everyone can pack his bags and go home. In addition i would like to say we are all behind them (Hi Benny, Ratter, Whale, Vallez, dis69). And let me just wrap this up by the following:

    Perhaps i was, blind to the facts, stabbed in the back
    I couldnt trust my own friends just a bunch a dirty rats
    Will i, succeed, paranoid from the weed
    And hocus pocus try to focus but i cant see
    And in my mind am a blind man doin time
    Look to my future, cause my past, is all behind me
    Is it a crime, to fight, for what is mine ?
    Everybody gets arrested tell me whats the use of tryin
    I've been Trapped since birth, cautious, cause am cursed
    And fantasies of my family, in a hearse
    And they say its the vxers we should fear
    But, its the aver kind doin all the shit in here
    I cant lie, aint no love for the other side
    Jealousy inside, make em wish I died
    Oh my Lord, tell me what am livin for
    Everybodys droppin got me knockin on heavens door
    And all my memories, of seein fellow vxers bleed
    And everybody grieves, but still nobody sees
    Recollect your thoughts dont get caught up in the mix
    Cause the media is full of dirty tricks

    We'd rather die like men, than live like cowards
    Theres a ghetto up in heaven and its ours, vxer power
    Is what we scream as we dream in a paranoid state
    And our fate, is a lifetime of hate
    Dear people, can you save me ?, And fuck peace
    Cause the streets got our types , we gotta eat
    No more hesitation each and every vxer is trapped
    And they wonder why we suicidal runnin round strapped
    Mista, Po-lice, please, try to see that its
    A million mother fuckers stressin just like me

    That which does not kill us can only make us stronger
    And I dont see why everybody feel as though
    Let us live, let us live

    Ohh, before i forget i would like also to prevoke this part, because last timt i posted in an 'VirusBulletin' forums i got banned because someone named 'Danil' didn't like my thoughts and sharing it, so just to be safe this time, take a look at this:

    "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression
    this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference
    and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through
    any media and regardless of frontiers."

    Article 19 of "Universal Declaration of Human Rights"

  • Sinclaire,
    I see that literacy is not a virtue of yours. If you ever want to receive any respect by posting publicly like this, may I suggest that you learn to communicate first? People would be more likely to take your "opinions" seriously if you didn't sound so ridiculously ignorant.
  • You see, you will never understand it coz you didn't and won't ever experience it, anyway, whatever with your comments, i can see the only ignorant one in here is you, trying to be a wise ass, word of advice: chill off and take a hike, it doesn't have anything with you and to hell you are bitchz0r. I don't care for you or anyone else like you.

    "And i sugest you would communicate" what are you oprah, stop watching tv and grow up. It's people like you which makes the world full of shit.