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  1. Teen Pleads Guilty in Web Worm Attack

    Aug 11, 8:41 PM (ET)


    SEATTLE (AP) - A Minnesota high school senior pleaded
    guilty Wednesday in federal court to unleashing a variant
    of the "Blaster" Internet worm, which crippled more than a
    million computers last summer.

    Jeffrey Lee Parson, 19, of Hopkins, Minn., is likely to
    face 18 months to three years behind bars after pleading
    guilty to one count of intentionally causing or attempting
    to cause damage to a protected computer. He also could be
    ordered to pay millions of dollars in restitution,
    Assistant U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes said.

    Parson had pleaded not guilty after his arrest last
    August, but told U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman on
    Wednesday, "I downloaded the original Blaster worm,
    modified it and sent it back out on the Internet."

    Different versions of the Blaster worm, also known as the
    LovSan virus, crippled computer networks worldwide last
    summer. Parson's variant launched a distributed denial-of-
    service attack against a Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) Windows
    update Web site as well as personal computers. The
    government estimates Parson's version alone inundated more
    than 48,000 computers.

    Parson was charged here last August because Microsoft is
    based in suburban Redmond.

    "We appreciate the fact that the defendant has accepted
    responsibility for the crime he committed," Microsoft
    deputy general counsel Nancy Anderson said Wednesday.

    Parson is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 2 before Pechman,
    and prosecutors have recommended 18 to 37 months behind
    bars. Parson had faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in
    prison and a $250,000 fine.

    Last fall, authorities said Parson admitted during an
    interview with FBI and Secret Service agents that he
    modified the original "Blaster" worm that made computers
    attack the Microsoft Web site in the summer of 2003.

    They also have said Parson admitted that he previously
    launched attacks against other organizations, including
    the Motion Picture Association of America and the
    Recording Industry Association of America.

    One of Parson's lawyers, Carol Koller, said Parson was
    young when he committed the attacks and that being
    arrested made him realize the seriousness of his crime.

    "He has been exemplary," she said. "He has not touched a
    computer since the day of his arrest."

    Parson has been out of jail on a $25,000 pretrial bond
    with electronic home monitoring. On Wednesday, Pechman -
    citing his good behavior since the arrest - ordered him
    taken off electronic home monitoring pending sentencing.

    Still, Parson cannot leave his home except to go to work,
    or if supervised and preapproved by the court. The judge
    declined Koller's request to grant him greater freedoms,
    such as being able to go to the movies without his parents.

    "Mr. Parson is not a normal teenager," Pechman said. "Mr.
    Parson isn't going to be like other teenagers, who can
    take the family car, go to parties, go to the beach.
    That's not the way it's going to be."
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    PA Bear Guest

    I hope they nail the sucker *and* make him pay restitution. I'm glad to see
    he's 19: He will be tried as an adult.
    PA Bear, Aug 12, 2004
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  3. Umm, you might want to actually read what was posted. Since he's
    pleading guilty, there won't be a trial.
    Paul Adare - MVP - Microsoft Virtual PC, Aug 12, 2004

    anonymous Guest

    lol, perhaps our good bear got over-excited with feelings
    of vengeance and failed to read the details. ;)
    Since he's pleading guilty, there won't be a trial.
    anonymous, Aug 12, 2004
  5. Well, as much as I would like to discourage virus writers, I think we
    need to be honest and set the record straight.

    This is hardly a smashing victory, because this person is hardly a
    virus author. AFAIK, the original author of Blaster and several of the
    other top viruses of 2003 remain at large. His variant, Blaster.B,
    while not a good thing, did not do millions of dollars worth of
    damage. While this article is fairly truthful, some of the law
    enforcement agencies are trumpeting this as "the Blaster author
    arrest," which it isn't really. The person they caught was sloppy in
    keeping his actions a secret.
    Karl Levinson [x y] mvp, Aug 12, 2004
  6. -----Original Message-----
    According to the article, "Parson's version alone
    inundated more than 48,000 computers." That's a lot of
    computers and it's a victory in my book that he was caught.

    The arrest and successful conviction also sends a clear
    message to the original authors still in the wild that
    they will be sought after. It's a victory, a big one,
    whether you find it "smashing" or not.
    Hmmm, let's see: "Teen Pleads Guilty in Web Worm Attack"
    is the headline. Nothing in that says that he is the
    original author of Blaster. In the same article, it states
    he pleaded guilty "to unleashing a variant of
    the 'Blaster' Internet worm." I fail to see where the
    article is misleading someone to believe that this teen is
    the original Blaster author. I don't know where you get
    the impression that someone is "trumpeting" this as the
    original author of Blaster.
    Salon Selectives, Aug 12, 2004

    PA Bear Guest

    Nit duly picked.
    PA Bear, Aug 13, 2004
  8. Hardly a nit.
    Paul Adare - MVP - Microsoft Virtual PC, Aug 13, 2004
  9. 1) That number is entirely a guess. They have no idea, let alone
    prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.

    I doubt that number. Law enforcement typically trumps up such numbers
    in order to make a case appear prosecutable. Check out these numbers
    here, 73 incidents of Blaster.B detected worldwide:


    .... and keep in mind that "infected" on this chart actually means
    "detected and usually removed" and does not necessarily represent a
    successful infection.

    Compare that to these numbers for Blaster.A alone, 450,000 Blaster.A
    incidents detected worldwide:


    This means Blaster.B appears to represent .01667% as many infections
    as Blaster.A. Had Blaster.B really infected 50,000 workstations, then
    we would infer Blaster.A had infected 300 million computers. Most
    security organizations were guessing more like 500,000 infections max
    [which would make Blaster.B 10% of all Blaster infections, a number
    that everyone would agree is flat out wrong]. Microsoft came up with
    the highest guess of 16 million.

    If Microsoft's number was right, then Blaster.B might have infected
    2700 computers worldwide. If all the other security companies are
    right, then 33 to 80 computers, that were probably already infected
    with Blaster.A, and thus suffered no damage as a result of Blaster.B,
    could have been infected worldwide. Stabbing a dead person is wrong,
    but is it murder? Should the punishment be the same as for the
    original murderer? And if you arrest and convict Squeaky Fromme while
    Charles Manson is still at large a year later, do you trumpet this as
    a success?


    It's still wrong. But worth millions of dollars in restitution?
    Yes, as I said, "while this article is fairly truthful..."

    There weren't any statements by law enforcement in this article,
    trumpeting or otherwise. Other articles and statements by law
    enforcement have trumpeted this in a misleading way. I was not
    speaking of this article.
    Karl Levinson [x y] mvp, Aug 13, 2004

    MisterKurtz Guest

    Dude, you're showing your age. ;-)

    MisterKurtz, Aug 14, 2004
  11. This guy was really small potatoes compared to the originator of the worm.
    He did make some significant changes to it that made it more damaging to
    those infected by his variants, but basically he made some simple variations
    to what he found on the Internet.

    I'm glad they caught him, but tbis particularl culpret isn't real
    significant in my mind.
    Bill Sanderson, Aug 16, 2004
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