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Sasser computer worm creator confesses in German trial

[JURIST] A German court said Tuesday that Sasser computer worm [Wikipedia backgrounder] author Sven Jaschan has admitted to data manipulation, computer sabotage and interfering with public corporations in one of the largest worm attacks conducted on the Internet. The destructive computer worm began knocking out the nearly 1 million computer systems it affected last May by spreading via Microsoft Windows [Microsoft Sasser resource] and eventually disrupted the computer systems [BBC report] of institutions ranging from the British Coastguard to Goldman Sachs. Jaschan, who had earlier confessed to police that he created the worm, could face up to five years in prison as well as having to pay monetary compensation. A verdict is likely to come down Thursday. Reuters has more.

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