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German youth gets 21-month suspended sentence for Sasser computer worm

[JURIST] Sven Jaschan, a 19-year-old German, was given a 21-month suspended sentence Friday after being convicted by a German court of computer sabotage and illegally altering data for authoring the Sasser computer worm [Wikipedia backgrounder]. Jaschan escaped jail time because he was only 17 when he wrote the worm. Earlier, he had admitted in court [JURIST report] to creating it. A spokesman for a German anti-virus company said organized gangs that plan targeted attacks are the true threats deserving harsh sentences, not "dumb teenagers". BBC News has more.

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