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- A Moroccan magistrate questioned an 18-year-old science student in court on Tuesday about his alleged role in unleashing computer worms that disrupted networks across the United States last month. Farid Essebar appeared before the investigating magistrate in Rabat for three hours of questioning about the Zotob worm, his lawyer said. The worm caused computer outages at more than 100 U.S. companies, including major media outlets like CNN and The New York Times. Despite the Zotob worm's power, it did not create such widespread havoc as previous malicious software programmes like SQL Slammer and MyDoom. Essebar, an experimental science student who has been in jail since his arrest on August 25, was remanded in custody and will be questioned again on September 21.