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Sasser author escapes jail

by Nikola Strahija on July 9th, 2005 The teenager responsible for the Sasser worm has been given a 21-month suspended sentence by a German juvenile court.

The anti-virus industry is angry about the sentence, thinking it would send out a wrong message.

Sven Jaschan, 19, pleaded guilty to computer sabotage. He was offered a job by a German security company, Securepoint, despite his conviction. Jaschan was escaped up to 5 years in jail because he was still a juvenile when he released the worm. He was also sentenced to 30 hours of community service.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for security company Sophos, wasn't happy with the outcome: -Any virus writer will look at this and think that maybe 30 hours of gardening isn’t too bad and is well worth the risk.’
Cluley admitted that it would have been hard for Jaschan to have been given a jail sentence under German law but asked why couldn’t he have been tried elsewhere. -He caused damage all around the world not just in Germany, he said. Cluley suggested that a more appropriate sentence would have been banning Jaschan from using computers for a number of years. -"It’s interesting to see what he could have done at Securepoint then, maybe make the coffee.’

Anti-virus companies are still clearing up Jaschan’s handiwork. -Twenty five percent of all viruses found in the first six months of this year came from Jaschan, he added.

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