Length of hacker's prison term debated

Thursday, 27 January 2005, 9:22 AM EST

The Minnesota man who created a version of the Blaster Internet worm pleaded guilty last August in federal court, but this week lawyers on both sides of the case are arguing about the sentence he should receive.

Jeffrey Lee Parson is scheduled to be sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman.

As part of his plea agreement, Parson admitted he downloaded the original Blaster worm in 2003 to his home computer in Hopkins, Minn., and bundled it with a "back-door" program that gave him access to computers. In court filings, prosecutors said that the worm infected about 48,000 computers and caused $1.2 million in damage.

By Kim Peterson at TechNewsWorld.

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