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MSBlast Hacker Doesn't Have To Pay Half Mil

The Minnesota teen convicted of creating a variant of the Blaster worm has been excused from paying $500,000 in restitution to Microsoft. Instead, he'll do community service.

The Minnesota teen convicted of creating a variant of the Blaster worm has been excused from paying $500,000 in restitution to Microsoft, court papers revealed Tuesday. Instead, he'll perform several hundred hours of community service.

Jeffrey Lee Parson, 19, will now work off the fine with 225 hours of community service: 75 hours each year over three years. The caveat: the service cannot involve computers or have anything to do with the Internet. A federal judge must sign off on the deal.

In January, U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman sentenced Parson to 18 months' jail time -- half what prosecutors had asked for -- as well as 100 hours of community service and three years of post-prison supervision.

According to federal investigators, Parson's 2003 MSBlast.b worm caused $1.2 million in damages and infected nearly 50,000 systems. Microsoft was to be paid the half million for the denial-of-service (DoS) attack that Parson's worm conducted on Microsoft's Windows Update site.

"We're pleased this prosecution has been fully resolved with a prison sentence and appropriate restitution," Tim Cranton, senior attorney with the Internet Safety Enforcement group at Microsoft, told the Associated Press. "Mr. Parson's additional community service will have a stronger impact on him in serving his sentence."

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