September 20, 2002

Suspected Linux hacker arrested in London

"Police have arrested a 21-year-old man suspected of writing a virus that attacks Linux computer systems, Scotland Yard said today.

The suspected computer hacker was arrested Tuesday at his home in southwest London on suspicion of writing the T0rn virus that masquerades as legitimate software to enter computer systems.

Police seized computer equipment, which is being analyzed by officers from Scotland Yard's computer crime unit, a spokesman for the force said.

He said the unit had been investigating T0rn since Nov. 2001 after it received information received information from the FBI."



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