Sasser Suspect Scores Suspended Sentence
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Sven Jaschan, the German teenager who created the Sasser worm, has now been convicted of creating Sasser, and has received a suspended sentence for his deeds, along with an order to perform community service.

The twenty-one month suspended sentence is due in large part to the fact that Jaschan was a minor when he wrote Sasser, and was still a minor when he was arrested – although just barely.


Said Graham Cluely, a senior technology consultant for Sophos, “Sven Jaschan avoided a jail sentence by the skin of his teeth because he was arrested within days of his 18th birthday. In many ways, Sven Jaschan was lucky that the police caught him when they did.”

Despite the thousands of dollars worth of damage it is estimated that Sasser caused, the four civil suits against Jaschen to date were each for damages of fewer than $6,000, according to Jaschan’s attorney.

According to authorities close to the case, Jaschan created Sasser to gain attention, not for financial gain, and indeed the only financial gain Jaschan has reaped has been payment for an interview he gave. That may help to account for both the light sentence, and the lack thus far of any high-ticket civil law suits.

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