Experts dub MSBlaster suspect a 'script kiddie'

Saturday, 30 August 2003, 1:01 AM EST

A teenager who the FBI said admitted writing a variant of the MSBlaster virus that caused extensive damage to computers across the Internet was apparently a novice code writer who made too many mistakes, experts said Friday.

Jeffrey Lee Parson, the 18-year-old Hopkins, Minn., suspect, was dubbed a "script kiddie" by virus experts, referring to a person who writes in simple computer languages. Parson is accused of making a slight modification to the original MSBlaster virus and releasing it on the Internet. He was arrested after a witness allegedly saw the teen testing the virus and called authorities.

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