It's jail time for one of the Zotob authors. Farid Essebar has been sent to jail for two years for his part in authoring the Zotob worm that plagued so many people last year, and still is a common occurance in many PC repair shops around the world. Initially deployed in the summer of last year, Zotob targeted vulnerable Windows machines that were open to a Plug-n-Play exploit. Like most software of its nature, it was designed to compromise the machine then hand more or less complete control over to the creator. Microsoft even went so far as to create an information page specifically regarding that infection.

Others related to the worm but not directly connected have also faced other charges, mostly due to the using of stolen credit card data.