Teen Worm Writer Fined 1,000 Euros
[Editor's note: The following entry was posted by German-speaking washingtonpost.com staff writer Robert MacMillan.]
While the English-language press was reporting that 19-year-old Sven Jaschan confessed on Tuesday that he was the creator of the "Sasser" worm, the German Press Agency rushed ahead with some fresh news.
The big item might not be so hot, but it's a step in the long road down for the guy who created one of the world's most destructive Internet worms in his parents' basement. The Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported that Jaschan settled four cases filed against him in a German civil court.
The settlements, reached with people whose computers and businesses suffered from the worm's bite, totaled less than 1,000 euros each, approximately $1,190. A spokesman for the court in Rotenburg/Wuemme said that the court could have set out fines of up to 5,000 euros ($5,963), but the judge likely factored Jaschan's ability to pay into the equation.
The news agency reported that no other civil cases have been filed against Jaschan, but that he remains subject to lawsuits until the end of 2007.
Jaschan on Tuesday confessed to being Sasser's creator. The worm devastated computer systems in April 2004 at the European Commission and Goldman Sachs, as well as 1 million home computers. He faces criminal charges that could send him to jail for up to five years.
The Scotsman reported that he confessed to data manipulation, computer sabotage and interfering with public corporations.
July 6, 2005; 12:02 PM ET
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