[NetBehaviour] Computer worm author confesses all

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Jul 6 11:41:57 CEST 2005

*Computer worm author confesses all*

The teenager on trial for writing the Sasser computer worm which wreaked 
havoc in a million businesses and homes across the world has confessed 
to all of the charges against him, according to a German court.

Katharina Kruetzfeldt, the judge at the court in Verden, said Sven 
Jaschan, 19, admitted to data manipulation, computer sabotage and 
interfering with public corporations in one of the biggest internet 
attacks of its kind.

After emerging in May last year, versions of the Sasser worm knocked out 
an estimated one million computer systems among home users and companies 
by spreading on the ubiquitous Microsoft Windows operating system.

Sasser victims ranged from the British Coastguard to the European 
Commission, Goldman Sachs and Australia's Westpac Bank. Some security 
firms called it the most destructive worm ever.


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