The FBI was expected to arrest an 18-year-old man Friday as the alleged author of a damaging virus-like infection unleashed weeks ago on the Internet, a U.S. official confirmed to the Associated Press.
The 18-year-old was accused of writing a version of the damaging “Blaster” computer infection that spread quickly across the Internet. A witness reportedly saw the teen testing the infection and called authorities, the official said.
Collectively, different versions of the virus-like worm, alternately called “LovSan” or “Blaster,” snarled corporate networks worldwide, forcing Maryland’s motor vehicle agency to close for one day. The infection inundated networks and frustrated home users. A leading antivirus vendor said the worm and its variants infected more than 500,000 computers.