Parson, who is known online as 'Teekid', is due to appear in court today at 2pm CDT (8pm BST) in St Paul, Minnesota. This follows a FBI investigation following a tip off that Parson had been testing a virus, based on the original and damaging Blaster-A worm. The FBI has reportedly seized seven computers from Parson's home.
"The FBI has been quick to take action in this case - the first variant of Blaster was only seen on 13 August," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant, Sophos Anti-Virus. "Not only is this speed of action reassuring to businesses, which are seriously inconvenienced by computer viruses, it also sends a strong message to would be virus writers who can now expect to be tracked down and quickly brought to book over their actions."