[ISN] Kournikova virus kiddie gets 150 hours community service

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    Kournikova virus kiddie gets 150 hours community service
    By Robert Blincoe
    Posted: 27/09/2001 at 15:30 GMT
    The author of the Anna Kournikova virus has been sentenced to 150
    hours community service - or 75 days in jail if he fancies that
    The sentence is a good deal lighter than the prosecutors called for.
    They wanted Jan de Wit, aged 20 of Sneek, Netherlands, to get
    240-hours community service.
    De Wit was tried in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. He was charged with
    spreading data into a computer network, with the intention of causing
    damage. The charges carried a maximum sentence of four years in prison
    and a fine of 100,000 guilders ($41,300).
    He denied any intent to cause damage but the court didn't agree. IDG
    reports that the verdict stated de Wit "was not a layman in the field
    of computer viruses. He works in a computer store and collected
    viruses - about 7,200, according to himself. The defendant must have
    been very aware of the consequences of his acts. The virus he spread
    was a hindrance, causing worry and annoyance among Internet users
    The court confiscated de Wit's CD-ROM virus collection.
    To press for a lengthier sentence the FBI submitted evidence to the
    Dutch court, suggesting that $166,000 in damages was caused by the
    worm, based on reports of damage from 55 firms. However the court felt
    the FBI report didn't give enough details, and also felt that de Wit's
    position as a first-time offender who gave himself up was in his
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