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News   News : US youth charged over net virus
   posted by DaveyD on 31-Aug-2003 9:26:19 (2372 reads)
Authorities in America have charged an 18-year-old youth with spreading the crippling MSBlast internet virus.

Jeffrey Lee Parson of Hopkins, Minnesota, is accused of "intentionally causing and attempting to cause damage to a protected computer".


The teenager is suspected of releasing a variant of the so-called MSBlast worm, infecting hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide and causing them to crash.

If found guilty, Mr Parson faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

'Step forward'

Mr Parson is not believed to be the creator of the original MSBlast worm, also known as Lovsan.

Authorities said they are still investigating who invented the virus.

John McKay, the public prosecutor in Seattle, said Mr Parson's arrest was a "significant step forward" in the hunt for the original culprit.

"The Department of Justice takes these crimes very seriously. We will devote all available resources to tracking down those who attack our technological infrastructure," Mr McKay told a press conference.

Investigators searched Mr Parson's home on 19 August and removed seven computers for analysis.

Mr Parson has been placed under house arrest in Minnesota without access to the internet.

Global infection

All the MSBlast variants took advantage of a flaw in Microsoft Windows software which had been known about since mid-July.

Unlike many recent viruses, the worm travelled around by itself, exploiting a bug in the way that many versions of Microsoft Windows handled the transfer of files across the net.

When a computer was infected, it started looking for other machines to infect - usually on the small section of the net that the host PC was using.

"Once a virus has been released on the internet it can never be taken back, it is no longer under anybody's control and can be very damaging," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos Anti-Virus.

At its height the virus was only taking 30 seconds to find uninfected machines, swamping computer networks.

Anti-virus firm Symantec estimated that more than 500,000 computers worldwide were infected by the worm and its variants.

Several large organisations, as well as many home users, were caught out by the virus.
    

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Bodie_CI5 
Re: US youth charged over net virus
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Sorry to say this... but if convicted, then good riddance to the young gentleman .


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Have to agree, I got nailed by this bugger (yeah i installed the patch but forgot to reboot).... but at the end of the day I blame Redmond for this #### up.


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My son,mother, and boss got hit with this thing.

My son took the virus out of his, but it still didn't behave correctly.
He reinstalled.

My brother took the bug out of my mother's machine.
She now needs a reinstall. (strange things happening)

The bug was taken out of my bosses computer, and she now needs a reinstall.

All the fixes that everyone is shouting about, doesn't freakin' work.

It removes the little critter but it doesn't reverse what the bug has done to your computer.
Either it's the bug doing it, or it's the software that was created to rid the bug.

Another strange thing...
They were all using Windows XP.

I use Windows 2000.
Didn't touch me. mwhaaa!!!

PS...
It seems pretty clear to me what took down all the electricity round the united states and in some places across the seas.

The virus was hitting at the same exact time of the power failures.
Wonder why people aren't asking bout this?

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@ mountain myst

Maybe it's a black op . Luckily I was running Linux when I got hit, but even then, Linux can act as an agent to further perpetrate the blasted (pun intended) thing.


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I can't believe idiots still do crap like this .

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I can't believe idiots still do crap like this .


That is half the problem, alot of people seem to think that people don't do this sorta thing, or more often, think it won't happen to them. I work at a well known computer superstore in the UK (guess which! ) and I dread to think how much we made fixing peoples machines with this virus.

Gemini

BTW I just re-read my post, I didn't mean to imply that you are an idiot, that is, you aren't, ermm... I'll stop shoveling now....


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@gemini

LOL


BTW, are you going to be in Melbourne in November?

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BTW, are you going to be in Melbourne in November?


Yeah that is the hope anyways!

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@ gemini,

madness (In the good way of course)


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Ha what an idiot, he makes minor changes to the virus and gets caught by the fbi. I hope script kiddies everywhere are watching this.

 
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I'v only ever had 1 virus on my migy and I'v been using the amiga for 10 years. I'v had 6 viruses on my winXP pc and I'v only been using it for 8 months.


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Another strange thing...
They were all using Windows XP.

I use Windows 2000.
Didn't touch me. mwhaaa!!!


Ha Ha .. Me too.


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But i reckon that if the virus writers didn't exist .. The anti virus brigade would code em themselves.


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