Jeffrey Parson, the creator of the ‘Blaster’ worm was sentenced today to 18 months in jail. 18 months is the shortest sentence possible under Parson’s plea agreement. Prosecutors were apparently aiming for the maximum sentence of 37 months.
At its 2003 peak, the Blaster virus had infected over 50,000 computers.
Parson is hoping that others can learn from his mistakes. With the help of the Seattle Public Schools he has created a video describing how “wrong it is” to publish viruses.