Trial of Sasser computer virus author delayed

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25 October 2004, VERDEN - The trial of the self-confessed author of the Sasser computer virus has been delayed until next year, court officials in the small northern German town of Verden said Monday. Schoolboy Sven J. shot to international noteriety after admitting to police he had written the worm and a predecessor, codenamed NetSky by virus-hunters, that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide. He told the German news magazine Stern that he released Sasser onto the internet just after his

25 October 2004

VERDEN - The trial of the self-confessed author of the Sasser computer virus has been delayed until next year, court officials in the small northern German town of Verden said Monday.

Schoolboy Sven J. shot to international noteriety after admitting to police he had written the worm and a predecessor, codenamed NetSky by virus-hunters, that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide.

He told the German news magazine Stern that he released Sasser onto the internet just after his 18th birthday in April.

Explaining the delay till January, a court spokeswoman said it had been impossible to get all the people involved to agree to an earlier date. J. whose full surname has been withheld in line with ethics guidelines, is to be accused of computer sabotage and other offences.

Last month he won a trainee job with a small German internet security company designing anti-virus software. He lives with his parents in Waffensen, a small town southwest of Hamburg, and is attending a technical school.

Sasser disabled Windows-driven computers around the globe in late April and early May, resulting in chaos among computer users around the world forcing some corporate networks were also shut down for hours or days.

Though prosecutors believe the true cost in wasted time runs into many millions of dollars, last month's indictment specifies the economic damage at just EUR 130,000 reflecting the complaints they received, mainly from small firms.

Virus experts said major companies would keep it secret if Sasser had brought down their computers, because admitting lax security would create an impression of incompetence.

DPA

Subject: German news

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