Tuesday, February 1, 2005
For everyone who has been afflicted by a computer virus, a bit of retribution was meted out to Jeffrey Parson for releasing a variant of the Blaster worm in August 2003. He was sentenced to an 18 month term of imprisonment and an as-yet undetermined amount of restitution for violating the computer crime statute (18 U.S.C. 1030). A press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Washington states:
PARSON admitted that he created his worm by modifying the original MS Blaster worm and adding a mechanism that allowed him to have complete access to certain infected computers. PARSON then infected approximately fifty computers that he had previously hijacked with his worm. From those fifty computers, PARSON's worm spread to other individual computers. PARSON's worm then directed those infected computers to launch an attack against a Microsoft web site. Attorneys for the government calculate that more than 48,000 computers were infected by PARSON's worm.
Parson was only 18 at the time he released the worm, and likely never thought through the possible consequences of his action. (ph)