'Sasser' worm informant under investigation
The informant who tipped Microsoft Corp. to the identity of the "Sasser" computer worm's creator last month is among five people under investigation as possible accomplices, prosecutors said Wednesday.
The worm's confessed creator, Sven Jaschan, 18, was arrested May 7 at his home in northern Germany following the tip to Microsoft from an informant seeking a reward. Jaschan, whose worm raced around the world exploiting a flaw in the company's Windows operating system, is free pending charges.
The week after the arrest, police questioned five people, some of whom said Jaschan had given them the source code for the "Netsky" virus, which he also created.
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