Microsoft gives Blaster writer a break

The teenager who launched a variant of the Blaster worm that crippled Microsoft’s Windows Update website with a denial of service...

The teenager who launched a variant of the Blaster worm that crippled Microsoft’s Windows Update website with a denial of service attack won’t have to pay the company the close-on $500,000 (£278,000) damages it was awarded.

The teenager’s Blaster variant infected Windows PCs, which were then directed to launch a denial of service attack on Microsoft.

The 19-year-old US teenager last year pleaded guilty to the 2003 attack and was sentenced to 18 months in prison this January, to be followed by community service on release.

The court also ruled that the teenager owed Microsoft damages, but the software giant has given the teenager a break and converted the compensation into a further 225 hours of community service instead. That works out at around $2,200 an hour.

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