BBC News: Technology: US youth charged over net virus. Authorities in America have charged an 18-year-old youth with spreading the crippling MSBlast internet virus. Jeffrey Lee Parson of Hopkins, Minnesota, is accused of “intentionally causing and attempting to cause damage to a protected computer”.
The teenager is suspected of releasing a variant of the so-called MSBlast worm, infecting hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide and causing them to crash. If found guilty, Mr Parson faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Mr Parson is not believed to be the creator of the original MSBlast worm, also known as Lovsan.