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Friday, 20 September, 2002, 12:04 GMT 13:04 UK
UK hacking suspect arrested
Binary code
Toolkit can be used to provide a backdoor for hackers
A 21-year-old British man has been arrested by officers from the UK Computer Crime Unit in connection with the writing and distribution of a hacking tool.

The T0rn rootkit allows hackers to break into computers running the Linux operating system.

The kit is believed to have been used by Chinese hackers who infected computers with the so-called Lion worm last year.

According to police, there are eight versions of the T0rn rootkit available around the globe.

Global co-operation


Hackers, viruses and worms do not recognise national boundaries

Graham Cluley, Sophos Anti-Virus

The arrest followed a joint investigation by Scotland Yard and the FBI, reflecting the increased co-operation between international computer crime units.

Anti-virus company Sophos has welcomed the development.

"Hackers, viruses and worms do not recognise national boundaries. A computer in San Francisco could be broken into by a youth in a leafy Surrey back bedroom," said Senior Technology Consultant Graham Cluley.

"It is encouraging to see the US and UK authorities working together to help stamp out computer crime.

"Let's hope that if guilty, a suitable punishment is handed out that acts as a deterrent to other cyber-crime wannabes," he said.

The man, who has not been named, was arrested at an address in the London suburb of Surbiton under the Computer Misuse Act of 1990.

Computer equipment seized from the house is currently being analysed by Scotland Yard officers.

He is out on bail until October.

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