Feds Send Message With Blaster Arrest
Law enforcement agents claim the arrest of a teenager who allegedly authored a modified version of the "Blaster" worm sends a message to virus writers that the federal government takes such crimes "very seriously."The arrest of the alleged author of a modified version of the "Blaster" worm sends a message to virus writers that the federal government will seek out and prosecute such crimes, so say U.S. law enforcement agents. The U.S. Attorneys office confirmed Friday afternoon that federal agents have arrested 18-year-old Jeffrey Lee Parson of Hopkins, Minn., for intentionally damaging a computer, a violation of U.S. criminal code. If prosecuted, Parson will face a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and/or $250,000 in fines. "With this arrest we want to deliver a message, here and around the world: The DOJ takes these crimes very seriously," said U.S. Attorney John McKay, who said his office in Seattle is dedicated to fighting cybercrime.
"Let there be no mistake about it, cyber-hacking is a crime," McKay added. "It harms persons, it harms individuals, it harms businesses. We will investigate, track down and prosecute cyber-hackers."