[ISN] Teen Pleads Not Guilty to Cyberattack

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Date: Wed Sep 17 2003 - 22:38:24 PDT

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    The Associated Press
    September 17, 2003
    SEATTLE - A high school senior pleaded innocent Wednesday to a federal
    charge alleging he crippled more than 7,000 computers by modifying a
    version of the "Blaster" worm.
    Jeffrey Lee Parson, 18, of Hopkins, Minn., appeared briefly before
    U.S. Magistrate Mary Alice Theiler in jeans and a T-shirt and left the
    courthouse without speaking to reporters.
    He was arrested Aug. 29 and faces one count of intentionally causing
    damage to a protected computer. The maximum sentence is 10 years in
    Parson said little in court, other than to acknowledge his identity
    and tell the judge "Good afternoon."
    A trial was tentatively set for Nov. 17 in Seattle. Parson has been
    placed under home detention, but is allowed to attend school.
    Authorities said Parson admitted during an interview with federal
    agents that he modified the original "Blaster" infection last month
    and created a version known by a variety of names.
    Parson has said the government overstated its case to try to make an
    example of him.
    Assistant U.S. Attorney Floyd Short disputed that following
    Wednesday's hearing, saying "we're just trying to hold him
    Collectively, different versions of the virus-like worm, alternately
    called "LovSan" or "Blaster," snarled corporate networks worldwide,
    inundating more than 500,000 computers, according to Symantec Corp., a
    leading antivirus vendor. Experts consider it one of the worst
    outbreaks this year.
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