If I were Sven Jaschan, I would never again leave Germany, and especially avoid the United States.
The now 19 year old told pretty much got
away with writing the most destructive viruses in the history of the world,
causing billions of dollars in damage.
The guy was a minor when police caught up with him, and that apparently saved him: a German judge give him a probationary sentence of one year and nine months and 30 hours of community service.
United StatesThat's it for sending a strong signal about
going after online vandals, script kiddies and virus writers. The $250,000
reward that Microsoft put on Jaschan's head didn't make the world any saver.
But if only Jaschan would dare to enter the US. Where in civil court the victims of Jaschan's child play can reclaim their damages and then some. A civil suit ensured that O.J. Simpson paid $8.5 million for murdering his wife and her lover, eventhough he was acquitted of criminal charges.
I don't necessarily think that Jaschan
should pay for his mistakes the rest of his life. But by writing the viruses he
has gained a certain notoriety that landed him his current job as a security
expert. The current sentence is just a slap on the wrist. And don't give me the
'boys will be boys' argument. If you can't stand the heat, you should stay out of the
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Counterfeit code-signing certificates enabling hackers to hide malware being sold by cyber criminals
Certificates can be used as part of layered obfuscation to evade detection by anti-virus software