Thursday, September 04, 2003


newsnet5.com - Technology - Blaster Suspect Says Government Exaggerating Case  

newsnet5.com - Technology - Blaster Suspect Says Government Exaggerating Case: "Blaster Suspect Says Government Exaggerating Case
POSTED: 10:27 a.m. EDT September 3, 2003
MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minneapolis teenager charged in an Internet worm attack says the government has exaggerated its case against him.

Jeffrey Parson also said media coverage that has indicated he is a computer-savvy loner is incorrect.

Parson told MSNBC in an off-camera interview that he has a 'close group of friends.' He also said he is not reckless and that the reports about him have been hurtful.
His parents, Bob and Rita Parson, said he is a good kid who has never been in trouble with the law.
Authorities say Parson has admitted that he modified the original Blaster infection that made computers attack the Microsoft Web site last month.
Prosecutors say Parson's worm affected at least 7,000 computers. He is facing a single count of intentionally causing damage to a protected computer. If convicted, he could get up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Parsons said he's convinced the government is going to make an example out of him but that he's 'not the one they need to get.' "

I'm sure that anyone whose inbox has been buried in worm-generated e-mail will disagree with him :)

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