SEATTLE (Reuters) - Jeffrey Lee Parson, the teen convicted of
infecting 48,000 computers with a variant of the destructive Blaster
worm, will not have to pay $500,000 in restitution to Microsoft Corp.
the world's largest software maker said on Wednesday.
Instead, the Minnesota teen will have to perform 225 hours of
community service in addition to a year and half in prison and an
earlier order to perform 100 hours of community service, once the
final sentence is signed by Judge Marsha Pechman of the U.S. District
Court in Seattle. He also will be placed under supervision for three
years following the sentence.
Microsoft, which released Parson from his financial obligation in a
legal agreement signed by both parties earlier this week, said it was
satisfied with the final sentence.
"Mr. Parson's additional community service will have a stronger impact
on him in serving his sentence," Tim Cranton, senior attorney at
Microsoft, said in an e-mailed statement.
Parson pleaded guilty last year to creating a variant of the worm,
which infected computers in mid-2003 and targeted computers at
Microsoft. Parson said he created his "B" or "teekids" variant of the
Blaster worm and used it to access 50 computers which he then used to
launch a broader attack on more than 48,000 computers.
Blaster and its variants are self-replicating Internet worms that bore
through a security hole in Windows, Microsoft's operating system which
is found on more than 90 percent of the world's personal computers.
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