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Teen Worm Writer Fined 1,000 Euros

[Editor's note: The following entry was posted by German-speaking 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.

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Thats what the dummy gets. You reep what you sow..Karma is a Beast!!

Posted by: H8r | July 7, 2005 10:54 AM | Report abuse

The Real Problem here is that Jashen only got a slap in the wrist for his nefarious and costly activities. To add insult to injury he was then Hired by a "
Secrity Company" as soon as he get's out, he's got a job. Great huh? Now Microsoft is turnig to hackers for advice! At what point do we begin to realise that it is we who by our ludicrous sentences and silly fines, coupled with firm encouraging this rabble, that the end result Must by definition be that " There will be more?" Instaed of being treated like the plague that they are, or at least made responsible for just retribution to the people hurt by thier action, Oh NO!!, we wine them, dine them give them jobs and then ask ourselves why there are Hackers. What wrong with this Picture??
The rules of E-Mail are too simple to re-iterate but I'll say this,the fact that we have so many hacker is a clearindication that our "Methods of dealing with them has been abismal.
It's a sick joke,on it's way to becoming the "new way to apply for a job"
So who do we blame?, we blame OURSELVES.
We encourage them, so as the rat goes for the cheese, so will the hackers go for the jobs and we are stuid enough to fall for it. We deserve what we get.
Thanks Bill.
Thank you for your attention
Aaron A Baker

Posted by: Aaron A Baker | July 7, 2005 8:37 PM | Report abuse

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