Teen Sentenced In Blaster Worm Trial

    January 28, 2005

A Minnesota teen found guilty of authoring a variant to the Blaster worm which infected almost 50000 systems, was sentenced today.

Considering what Jeffrey Lee Parson was facing, many feel the judge was lenient deciding his sentence, which was a year and a half in prison. According to BetaNews.com, the judge lay part of the blame on Parson’s parents, saying their neglectful attitudes contributed to Parson’s decision making,

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman said the sentence reflected that although he was 18 at the time of the attack, his maturity level was much younger than that. She also said his home life contributed to the problem.

“Many of the mental-health problems from the household you grew up in contributed to this problem. (The Internet) has created a dark hole, a dungeon if you will, for people who have mental illnesses or people who are lonely. I didn’t see any parent standing there saying, ‘It’s not a healthy thing to lock yourself in a room and create your own reality,” Pechman said.

Included in Parson’s sentence was the order to serve 10 hours community service. Parson will be spending his prison sentence at a minimum-security facility.

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