Suspected 'Blaster' Is Busted
Aug 29, 2003 4:01 pm US/Central
Minneapolis (AP) An 18-year-old from Hopkins accused of spreading a damaging Internet infection weeks ago was arrested Friday and later released under restrictions set by a federal judge.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Richard Nelson told Jeffrey Lee Parson not to access the Internet or any other network connection and placed him on electronic monitoring.
Parson, known online as "teekid," told the judge he understood the charges against him. He didn't enter a plea during his initial court appearance. His next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 17 in Seattle, where the case was being investigated.
During the hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Luehr told the judge that Parson's Internet worm, along with other Blaster variants, caused $5 million to $10 million worth of damage to Microsoft alone. He said at least 7,000 computers were affected by Parson's worm.
Parson, a 6-foot-4, 320-pound high school senior from Hopkins, spoke only in response to questions from the judge.
Hopkins is a Minneapolis suburb. I was hit by the blaster myself.