A United States judge on Friday sentenced a teenager to 18 months in jail for creating and spreading a variant of a virus that wrought havoc on up to 50 000 computers around the world.
US District Judge Marsha Pechman showed mercy to Jeffrey Lee Parson, 19, and sentenced him to 18 months behind bars and to 10 months of community service for propagating the crippling MS Blaster &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/science/19/94/379/14542_virus.html ' target=_blank>Internet worm in 2003.
Citing parental neglect and psychological problems, Pechman gave Parson a much lighter penalty than the sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250 fine that he could have received had he not pleaded guilty, reports News24.
Parson, who pleaded guilty last year, was asked if he had anything to say during the hearing and stepped up to a nearby microphone. A dark-blue polo shirt and tan slacks clung loosely to his heavyset frame, and his hair was trimmed short, save for a small blond ponytail on top.