Blaster-B worm author released on bail

Monday, 1 September 2003, 5:45 PM EST

Jeffrey Lee Parson, the American teenager charged with unleashing the MS Blast internet worm, was released on bail following a hearing Friday in the US Federal Court.

Parson, an 18-year-old from Hopkins, Minnesota, was arrested Friday morning in connection with the release of a variant of the Blaster worm on 14 August following a joint investigation by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Secret Service, according to FBI spokesman Bill Murray.

Parson was released on a $25,000 personal recognisance bond and directed to appear before a magistrate judge in Seattle, Washington, on 17 September, according to Pat Sabin, deputy clerk at the court. Parson was not required to put up any money to be released but will need to keep court officers informed of his whereabouts, Sabin said.

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