The Dutch author of the Anna Kournikova virus, which affected networks across the globe earlier this year, has lodged an appeal against his sentence. The move has outraged antivirus experts who claimed that his sentence was too lenient to begin with.
Despite only being sentenced to 150 hours of community service, 20 year-old Jan de Wit is appealing against the ruling which was delivered on 27 September. This means that the judgement will now go forward to three appeals court judges some time next year.
Eric Chien, chief researcher at antivirus firm Symantec, said: "He got off lightly. He's probably more annoyed at having his hard drive and virus collection confiscated."
Chien added that the prosecution of virus authors has not really been consistent. "The author of the Melissa virus still hasn't been sentenced, and that case is about three years old already," he said.
De Wit was put on trial after turning himself in just days after the virus outbreak reached epidemic proportions. It is thought that the community service ruling was delivered because of a lack of evidence about the cost of the damage caused.
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