Erap suspect arrested in Philippines

October 30, 2000 Sophos Press Release

Reports from the Philippines indicate that a 19 year old male youth has been questioned by the authorities about the so-called "Erap Estrada" worm.

The youth, who has not been named, was arrested on October 22 by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) at his house in Laguna.

Floppy disks and other computer equipment were seized by the Anti-Fraud and Computer Crimes division of the NBI.

The man was later released pending further investigation.

"We have to release him pending the completion of the ongoing investigation," said Elfren Meneses, chief of the NBI Anti-Fraud and Computer Crimes Division. "All of the evidence has been forwarded to the NBI Electronics Data Processing Division for evaluation."

"It is encouraging to see the authorities in the Philippines taking computer crime seriously after no-one was successfully brought to justice for the Love Bug," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus.