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Blaster Author To Perform Community Service

Chris Richardson
Staff Writer
Published: 2005-03-30

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Jeffrey Lee Parson, author of the Blaster-B Internet worm, settled his case with Microsoft today. In January, Parson was sentenced to 18 months in prison for launching a denial of service attack against the Redmond-based company.

Jeffrey Lee Parson

Jeffrey Lee Parson
His court case against Microsoft concerned repayment of the $497,546.55 the company lost during the DOS attack. In order to settle the case, Parson agreed to perform community service with disadvantaged members of his community. The two parties settled on an amount of 225 hours. Had Parson not agreed to the offer, he would have been responsible for repaying Microsoft the full amount.

Parson's community service will be supervised over a three-year period.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos, had these comments, "This settlement probably makes sense. There is no way Parson or his family would have been able to repay Microsoft for the damage caused by the Blaster-B worm. Parson is already serving a heavy sentence for the crimes he has committed, and it can be hoped that there will be positive results from his subsequent community service."

Another part of the agreement stipulates Parson will not be allowed to perform his service in areas involving computers or the Internet.

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