Sven Jaschan, the teenager who became notorious for writing the Sasser and Netsky worms was sentenced today by the court in Verden, Germany. The decision of the court, softened by the fact that Jaschan was a minor at the time he authored the viruses, is 18 months suspended sentence and 30 hours of community service. Initially, the prosecutors asked for a two year suspended sentence and three years of probation. However, even though the criminal trial is over, Jaschan still faces civil cases against him - four plaintiffs have already asked for compensation for damage caused by the teenager's creation.
The decision - a fair one in my opinion - will no doubt play an important role in Sven Jaschan's life. With all the "celebrity" gained from the process and given the fact that he already has a job in the security field, Jaschan could have a very bright future ahead - Mitnick's roadshows bear witness to that. On the other hand, I'm sure the judges would not be so tolerant if Jaschan wrote another piece of malware and unleashed it on the Internet.
Sven Jaschan was almost 18 years old when the police knocked on his door, last year, in May 2004.
He became famous as the self-confessed author of the original Sasser and Netsky worms, and his trial will start today in Verden, Germany. One of the main accusations is his creations caused losses to the tune of $157,000 USD.
Jaschan will be tried in juvenile court, which means his final sentence will be lighter than if he were tried as an adult.
2004 was a prodigious year, filled with arrests of virus writers and hacking groups. Maybe the most interesting cases were those of Jeffrey Lee Parson and Dan Dumitru Ciobanu, both arrested for authoring versions of the Blaster worm. Parson has already been sentenced to 18 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service. On the other hand, it appears the Ciobanu case is being pushed under the carpet.
Whatever happens, it's interesting to see if the outcome of Jaschan's trial will lead to the payout of the Microsoft US$250,000 bounty, the first of its kind, or if Microsoft will refuse to pay it, based on the argument that those who provided the lead to Jaschan were his associates.