Surprises

by Mike Masnick



Sasser Author Let Off Lightly

from the didn't-expect-that dept

Considering the tendency for courts to give computer criminals extremely harsh sentences compared to the real damage of their crime, it's a bit surprising to find a German court let Sven Jaschan, the admitted author of a number of successful computer worms, what amounts to a slap on the wrist: a suspended sentence and 30 hours of community service.

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    thatguy, Jul 8th, 2005 @ 11:55am

    Underage

    True but the sentence was only so light becuase he was convicted just days before turning 18. I'm sure he would have been burned at the stake or whatever if he was an adult...

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    JJ, Jul 8th, 2005 @ 4:28pm

    No Subject Given

    The reason he got such a light sentence is that he was still a juvenile when he commited the crime he was charged with. That's why he was tried in juvenile court. The maximum sentence for any crime (even 1st degree murder) commited by a juvenile is 10 years in prison under German federal law.

    I think it's important to see that verdict in that context...

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