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Re: Microsoft Drops Blaster Virus Writer Fine
Posted by: Anonymous 2005-03-30 12:12:10
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A Minnesota man will do community service rather than pay a US$500,000 fine to Microsoft for damage caused by his Blaster virus, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said. Jeffrey Lee Parsons, 19, of Hopkins, Minn., whose Blaster virus variant infected 50,000 computers in 2003, will serve the 225 hours of community service over three years after he is released from prison. He was sentenced in January to serve 18 months.

Re: Microsoft Drops Blaster Virus Writer Fine
Posted by: ladym 2005-03-30 23:35:41 In reply to: Anonymous
I don't think this person received a severe enough punishment for what he did. His actions caused problems for 50,000 Microsoft users, including me. I had to save for four years to purchase a computer, only to have it infected by a virus one month after I had it. If I had anything to say about it, he would have received a much longer sentence and the fine would have remained a part of his punishment.
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