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A witness turned him in?!? (5, Interesting)

corebreech (469871) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822210)

How on Earth do you witness somebody writing a virus?

He's sitting in front of a computer, hitting keys on the keyboard and looking at the monitor. That describes the person who wrote this story, the person who submitted this story, the person who posted the story, me getting first post, and everybody reading and moderating this and every other post to come.

It also describes RMS writing Emacs, Linus debugging the kernel, and SCO issuing another press release.

Did this witness actually read the code? What kind of idiot virus-writer lets someone he doesn't know pull up a chair and start auditing his code?

Or was the witness tipped off when the screen start flashing "NOW TESTING VIRUS"? Damn, I hate when that happens!

This doesn't sound quite right.

Re:A witness turned him in?!? (3, Interesting)

Gyan (6853) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822219)

Probably, they caught a small fly. Who then got immunity and secrecy for turning in the ubercoders. Hence, "the witness"

Re:A witness turned him in?!? (4, Funny)

joonasl (527630) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822222)

How on Earth do you witness somebody writing a virus?

Maybe they were following the XP-methodology [extremeprogramming.org] and were pair programming [extremeprogramming.org] ?

Re:A witness turned him in?!? (1)

cjcormack (689855) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822322)

Maybe they were following the XP-methodology [extremeprogramming.org] and were pair programming [extremeprogramming.org]?

With a random stranger... and surely the other member of the pair would be guilty of the same crime?

Re:A witness turned him in?!? (0, Redundant)

azzy (86427) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822227)

Hell!! I just got turned in for writing a virus, and all I was doing was replying to your post. What's the world coming to :(

Re:A witness turned him in?!? (3, Funny)

beacher (82033) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822238)

This sounds like the Penis variant that came out shortly afterwards. The kid's a hack.. he's not the original author. It's funny. He just rode someone's coattails for fun and now he's going to do some time and have to worry about who's going to ride his coattails.

Re:A witness turned him in?!? (4, Insightful)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822241)

He could have been dumb enough to test it on a computer lab at school, or at a library. The "witness" could have been a network administrator monitoring the system.

Of course the witness was also last seen purchasing a shark tank and some laser beams...

Re:A witness turned him in?!? (1)

z01d (602442) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822243)

How on Earth do you witness somebody writing a virus?

with a trojan running background, that's pretty easy, you know these guys...

Re:A witness turned him in?!? (3, Insightful)

thelen (208445) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822255)

Almost certainly, "witnessed" here means bragged to, which frankly makes perfect sense for an 18 year old probably male, probably virgin programmer. Hey, if he's up all night reading /. he may yet beat the feds and run to Canada ;^)

Re:A witness turned him in?!? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822356)

If they do throw hin in jail, I don't suspect he'll be a virgin for much longer.

Re:A witness turned him in?!? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822367)

maybe spreading another kind of virus

Re:A witness turned him in?!? (5, Funny)

phagstrom (451510) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822266)

All virus/worm/trojan writers use MovieOS where stuff like "Assembling Virus" and "Testing Virus" are written to the screen in blinking fonts.

Didn't you ever see Swordfish? ;-)

Re:A witness turned him in?!? (1)

LeoDV (653216) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822306)

The article doesn't say the witness saw the kid code it, it says the witness saw him test it.

If you ask me, he probably infected his own machine, or spread it on the school's network or something to see how well it worked -- and bragged to a friend. And when he saw it later on the news, he told a teacher (or a friend, or his parents), who told the cops, who told him to tell the FBI.

Re:A witness turned him in?!? (2, Funny)

rylin (688457) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822326)

and SCO issuing another press release.

Err?
No.

They're talking about one person, not fifty monkeys dressed as lawyers

Re:A witness turned him in?!? (1)

brucmack (572780) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822328)

I think an 18 year old with the hardware to test the virus might be a bit of a tip off... He probably would have needed at least multiple computers to do it.

Of course, this is not the original author, but it is stated that he was testing the worm...

/. EDITORS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822330)

would you mind closing the <table> tags on the front page please?

I doubt it. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822211)

He'll get hired by IBM in 8 months to work on internet security.

Re:I doubt it. (5, Funny)

Goldberg's Pants (139800) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822233)

Or SCO will report that he used their proprietary code to do it, ergo everyone infected with the virus will now be sued by SCO for illegally using their code.

Re:I doubt it. (0, Flamebait)

Moth7 (699815) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822256)

No, we've already had our SCO story today, that wasn't called for.

Re:I doubt it. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822375)

Or SCO will report that he used their proprietary code to do it, ergo everyone infected with the virus will now be sued by SCO for illegally using their code.

It seems like everyone uses "ergo" since Reloaded... or is it just me?

MUST SEE SHOW ON PBS (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822309)

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On Friday, August 29, 2003 at 9PM on PBS NOW [pbs.org] goes to India where the country's skilled and educated workforce is answering customer and financial service calls and taking over technology positions for some of America's biggest corporations while millions of Americans search for jobs at home."

Check your local listings [pbs.org] !

How does that "First they came for the.." poem go? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822325)

First they came for the blue collar jobs, but you didn't do anything because you where a college educated white collar snob...

Then they came for the white collar jobs and everyone said welcome to reality pompous fucker...

Or something like that.

Symantec........ (1, Funny)

tankdilla (652987) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822336)

...and the rest of the (anti)virus companies should be sending this guy care packages or something to help this him out. If not for him and other virus writers (i.e. the ones who really wrote the virus), all those companies would be out of business. Business for them has been booming because of all the virus activity, the kid should at least get a free carton of cigarettes before he's carted off to jail.

Will be arresting... (5, Funny)

earthloop (449575) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822223)

The FBI will be arresting an 18 year-old

Coder: Huh? They are coming for me? I'd better get moving before they get here.

Re:Will be arresting... (5, Interesting)

TheDredd (529506) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822242)

Well if he's reads slashdot, he'll be long gone by now

Is it standard FBI practise to anounce to the public they will arrest someone before they actually do?

Re:Will be arresting... (4, Informative)

Zocalo (252965) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822281)

He may be in custody already. To actually arrest someone requires a warrant, but it is possible to hold someone without a warrant for limited time provided they are allowed their phone call etc. I suspect they already have the guy and are just waiting on the necessary paperwork to arrive from the DA's office.

Re:Will be arresting... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822371)


Is it standard FBI practise to anounce to the public they will arrest someone before they actually do?

Only in Soviet Russia.

Re:Will be arresting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822386)

Most probably they have only a vary flimsy lead and nothing that will stand up in court. If the suspect runs then they will have some powerful circumstancial evidence to add to their case.

Re:Will be arresting... (3, Interesting)

cherberos (262597) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822382)

Well, the BBC article claimes the FBI already talked to him.
There is probably more to this then the article states (as is almost always the case with the media-reports). It's pretty vague. A witness, testing? Where was he testing, and how. AV-companies also test this stuff.

Context is missing, so I guess a conclusion will have to wait till this afternoon.

Lucky Bastard (5, Funny)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822226)

Lucky the authorities got to him first that is. Well they say there are more virus authors out there. Hopefully all that dental equipment I bought on Ebay will be put to good use.

Re:Lucky Bastard (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822361)

Hopefully all that dental equipment I bought

Hi, can you explain the "dental equipment" reference? I don't get it...

Right now, the kid is reading /. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822229)

They're planning to do WHAT Friday morning?!?!?

Im guessing it was a mate of his (5, Interesting)

msim (220489) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822232)

I mean, maybe he borrowed his mates computer to do something, saw something interesting, then got told to take a long walk off a short plank when he tried to blackmail him.

Well until someone is caught and Proven to have written the virus, as far as im concerned it is a bunch of FUD.

Passer by? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822234)

That sounds fishy.

The average person wouldn't have a clue about what a developer was doing. There's no way someone can walk by and know that the guy was testing a virus.

can you say PENIS? (2, Funny)

leuk_he (194174) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822387)

from the story:

The "Blaster.B" version of the infection, which began spreading Aug. 13, was remarkably similar to the original Blaster worm that struck two days earlier; experts said its author made few changes, including renaming the infecting-file from "msblast" to an anatomical reference.

can you say "PENIS.EXE" that was the executable name of the variant.

And any bystander seeing some kid playing with "PENIS" might call the police.

How to code this: "RENAME MSBLAST.EXE PENIS.EXE" (and a replace of the strings)

A world of sympathy (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822236)

I'm no sure about the world of pain. Given the age, given the media, I predict the sympathy angle will start to be played for all is worth.

Assuming this is true.... (5, Insightful)

L-s-L69 (700599) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822237)

The article states that this "18 year old" is the author, but later on it talks about how he was "observed testing" which all sounds a bit dubious. Assuming he is the author I have very little sympathy, virus writers need to be accountable for their actions. If however he is just been made a scapegoat......

Re:Assuming this is true.... (2, Interesting)

sperling (524821) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822247)

This guy's probably just a kid that grabbed the worm while it were passing, modded it a little and passed it on. I doubt it's the original author...
Although, looking at how lousy that worm was implemented, the authour might be dumb enough to get caught.

Seriously? Arrest Microsoft, Inc. (2, Interesting)

Drakon (414580) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822239)

This is a ~10 year old vulnerability in DCOM.
Corporate neglagence is still a crime. and Corporations are Individuals, therefore Microsoft, Inc. Should be incarcerated.

Re:Seriously? Arrest Microsoft, Inc. (5, Interesting)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822262)

Exactly how do you put a fictitious legal entity in Jail? Or perhaps you meant the entire company and everyone who worked there.

I'm a firm believer that Microsoft, for all it's faults, isn't nearly as much of a problem as it's doting customers. Microsoft has ALWAYS been terrible at security. This is not news. So who the hell keeps buying their crap?

Start charging the folks who deploy Microsoft for negligence.

Re:Seriously? Arrest Microsoft, Inc. (1)

R.Caley (126968) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822353)

Exactly how do you put a fictitious legal entity in Jail?

Well, impounding all M$ software, starting with that in use in any government agency, would be a start.

Re:Seriously? Arrest Microsoft, Inc. (2, Funny)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822376)

Exactly how do you put a fictitious legal entity in Jail?

Build a fence around the Microsoft Campus. The Great Wall of Redmond.

Re:Seriously? Arrest Microsoft, Inc. (5, Interesting)

beacher (82033) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822321)

Ralph Nader [multied.com] brought the automotive industries up to safety standards. I'm too young to remember the public's preception of him, but it sounds like we need someone like him around again. Microsoft has enough defects inside it's operating system to make it the 2000's equivalent of the Ford Pinto [fordpinto.com] . They should be held accountable.

What about the users though? This isn't the 70's and information is readily available about Microsoft's security practices. Why do they do it? Is it like riding a rollercoaster that has a 6 junction split at the end, only 2 of which leads to the egress queue, 3 of which leave you hanging on the top of a hill until you debug the rollercoaster, and the final split has a jump through a fiery ring with no landing zone? I mean come on, they all saw the rollercoaster... They all knew the ramifications of their actions.. What about them?

-B

Re:Seriously? Arrest Microsoft, Inc. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822347)

My uncle was killed by the BSOD, sue Microsoft now. I mean come on, have a little perspective here.

Whatever security problem Windows does have is nothing more than an annoyance for for the home user and it seems most of the worms and bugs could be minimized for businesses with with some common sense security (granted they shouldn't have to do this, but then they shouldn't have to have security cameras either).

Re:Seriously? Arrest Microsoft, Inc. (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822357)

At least with Typhoid Mary, she wasn't really aware of all the damage she was doing up until the end. Microsoft has known they've had odius security problems for a long time but were so determined to cram their products down everyone's throats, that it didn't matter that vermin ,rotten food, petri dishes, eggshells and other garbage was in the mix.

Typhoid Bill
Microsoft Back Typhoid
Microsoft Typhoid
Gate's Syndrome
Typhoid Bob
Microsoft Typhoid Express
Microsoft Virus Express
Microsoft Pestule Express
Microsoft Plague Express
Microsoft Pandemic Express
Windows XP Plague Island Edition
Northwest Nile Syndrome
Blood Letting Pack
Malaria Coast Explorer
Keep your Hands From Your Face Explorer

And everyone's favorite:

Internet Exploder

If (-1, Flamebait)

davmoo (63521) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822245)

If (note that word) this pans out and the accused did indeed release one of the variants, his teen ass needs to rot in a jail cell for an extended length of time, and his bank account, if any, needs to be reset to a very large negative number.

If (again, note that word) he did it, I have absolutely no sympathy what so ever.

Re:If (2, Insightful)

Blikank (681383) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822288)

Thank god he's 18 and fully accountable.

Re:If (1)

Frodrick (666941) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822385)

Thank god he's 18 and fully accountable.

Yeah. And his cellmate won't have to worry about being charged with Statutory Rape, either. ;+)

Re:If (2, Interesting)

tankdilla (652987) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822388)

Would've been kinda funny if the kid was actually a kid, like 12 yrs old or something. The headlines would say:

***World crippled by 12 year old***

Who would've gotten blamed then and what would've been the consequences?

Re:If (1)

cs02rm0 (654673) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822392)

Why? Only a kid really at 18 and it's not like anyone's going to get anything back from the blaster mess.

You're a fool if it effected you anyway.

arrest and fine all of them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822248)

They should arrest all the people who got infected and spread the virus further too.

That way they will have More Profit.

He did not write MS blaster (4, Interesting)

watzinaneihm (627119) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822253)

I submitted this story sometime ago, but got rejected. The kid actually did not write the MSBlaster worm, he modified it to make it more potent and released it. story here [sfgate.com]

Re:He did not write MS blaster (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822277)

Please sir, don't call 18 year olds 'kid'. In federal ass fucking prison he'd simply be known as 'bitch'.

Re:He did not write MS blaster (1)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822283)

So not only is he/she a virus writer. He/She is a copycat virus writer. In other news, Hell was taking suggestions for it's upcoming 10th ring.

Re:He did not write MS blaster (1)

MoobY (207480) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822334)

I submitted this story sometime ago, but got rejected.

Note that your article has the exact same contents as the article linked to in the slashdot article...

The slashdot article also mentions that "It's also worth noting that this is merely one of the Blaster variations." so there doesn't seem to be anything new in your comment ...

So why did you get modded +5? Because you were rejected? Maybe you weren't and did somebody submit it just before you.

Modders, please consider this when modding parent.

Re: He did not write MS blaster (1, Funny)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822381)


> The kid actually did not write the MSBlaster worm, he modified it to make it more potent and released it.

Well, that's OK then.

Bragging (5, Interesting)

PrImED73 (695394) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822260)

Perhaps, as some kids are at that age do (not all before you flame me), he had been bragging about it in an irc chat room, had an enemy/concerned chatter catch wind of it and reported it to the feds with logs and IP information.

Why not eh? stranger things have happened at sea.

Least he didn't hax0r Lunix! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822261)

Hahaha, you debian zealots with your security hole filled 2.2 kernels are all laughing, but when Blastian comess and roots your debs, who are you going to blame?

-1, flamebaitroll, and proud of it. Running on a locked down Mandrake box with AN UPTODATE SECURED 2.4.22 kernel.

relevant haiku (2, Funny)

deathcow (455995) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822267)

my progeny worm
set loose to exploit your holes
mine left for inmates

Re:relevant haiku (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822363)

how did this happen
at first it was just for kicks
really twas for dicks

My deepest condolences to his family (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822270)

It must be tough to lose a kid to a mob of angry computer users. Also, if they catch the author(s) of SoBig, I propose that the bastard(s) be quartered, on pay-per-view, with half of the profit paid to the Anonymous Administrators Foundation.

Sweet irony :) (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822272)

At least now he will have the opportunity to witness a real virus spreading though his own internal network when he's prison!

Ha ha ha (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822354)

because prison rape is so funny. (Hint: no it's not)

You are an idiot!

writing viruses shouldnt be illegal (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822273)

writing viruses shouldnt be illegal
they are funny LOL

Re:writing viruses shouldnt be illegal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822282)

I agree, under the condition that shooting virus authors isn't illegal either.

Re:writing viruses shouldnt be illegal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822391)

also shooting anyone that spreads them further.

maybe shoot them a little bit, like in the legs or arms?

Making the world safe for oligarchy (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822279)

While the aftershocks of U.S. aggression continue to wreak havoc on the people of Iraq, another war has been waged on the people of the U.S. It's a war against democracy waged by the military industrial complex. Power has been taken from the hands of the people and given to a small group of corporations.

predicted sentence for ALLEGED worm writer:

probation, & a box of worth less sco stock. although painful/embarrassing, that hardly qualifies as 'a world of hurt'.

remember the hurricane?

HAX0R!!! (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822284)

It can take weeks of computer forensics to identify what someone was creating on a computer, so I doubt very much that they're 100% certain this kid is guilty without inspecting his equipment. And last I checked they need proof before assigning guilt (unless Ashcroft's already removed that clause from US law).

Re:HAX0R!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822378)

Sure they can do whatever they want, all they gotta do is declare it a terrorist act and they can hold him indeffinately.

Yo, RTFP/RTFA (5, Interesting)

RedBear (207369) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822285)

Yo, RFTP/RTFA. It says in both the article and the post that the witness saw the person "testing" the virus, not writing it. Which is even more scary in a way. How did the witness know what he was doing? What day was it? Which version is he supposed to have written? Oh, and there has been "no arrest made in this matter yet."

The BBC article contains a bit more info: It says he's suspected of altering the original MSBlast worm into one that would cause more damage.

It also says: "Reports suggest he is likely to be arrested by the end of the day." WTF? They're giving him advance warning?!? Run, boy, RUN!!! LOL.

Vigilante Virus Writer (2, Interesting)

Toddimer (681068) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822287)

"Instead he is suspected of altering the worm into a variant that did more damage than the original."
Another /. article recently exposed a variation of this virus that actually cleaned up Blaster by automatically patching the "infected" computer, yet caused more trouble than the original in terms of network traffic.

I wonder if this could be the variation they suspect the teen worked on? If so, it could turn into a slippery moral slope for the press to take a stand on either way...

Re:Vigilante Virus Writer (1)

EmagGeek (574360) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822329)

"If so, it could turn into a slippery moral slope for the press"

Since when do the press have morals? They'll back up SCO on Monday and then deride them and back up IBM on Tuesday.... All depends on the ratings du jour.

Vaseline time (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822289)

Those jail house niggers are going to like some fresh meat.

no imagenation... (4, Funny)

schappim (656944) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822290)

Anyone who's imagenation peaks at nameing one of the most significant viruses of out time as 'MS Blaster' deserves to get caught!

Re:no imagenation... (0, Troll)

Gigantic1 (630697) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822355)

Anyone who's imagenation peaks at nameing one of the most significant viruses of out time as 'MS Blaster' deserves to get caught!
Well...Microsoft has been writing the Virus called "MS Windows" for years and nobody's prosecuted them.

No wonder he got caught (5, Interesting)

Xel'Naga (673728) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822291)

IIRC, the boy tried to DDOS www.windowsupdate.com, which is not the URL people usually use for windowsupdate.
Makes you wonder what a professional terrorist could do. The worm could have been far more destructive.

It is so obvious that Microsoft wrote this article (2, Interesting)

dodell (83471) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822301)

Infected computers were programmed to automatically launch an attack on a Web site operated by Microsoft, which the software maker easily blunted. The site, windowsupdate.com, is used to deliver repairing software patches to Microsoft customers to prevent against these types of infections.

Talk about an advertisement.

Anyway, doesn't it ever occur to the press that Microsoft could actually be doing a better job researching into securifying their products *pre* release? Right now (as everyone knows), they're submitting corporate-level products to corporations, making gazillions of dollars, and ignoring any bugs until someone points them out.

When is somebody going to finally decide to call them on this and force Microsoft to do a security audit? :\

Don't leave me hanging... (1)

Defiant_Tree (702208) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822310)



experts said its author made few changes, including renaming the infecting-file from "msblast" to an anatomical reference.


Now I gotta know what it was renamed to...



A Lesson from the Movie entitled, "Office Space" (1)

Gigantic1 (630697) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822324)

Since the laws have gotten tougher in the United States, Crackers and Virus Writers are no longer sent to "Club Fed" - they are incarcerated in "Federal Pound-you-in-the-ass Prison". I guess, he'd really be a "Cracker" then, huh? (so to speak)

sure it's blunt (1)

igorxa (541200) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822337)

Infected computers were programmed to automatically launch an attack on a Web site operated by Microsoft, which the software maker easily blunted. The site, windowsupdate.com, is used to deliver repairing software patches to Microsoft customers to prevent against these types of infections.

uh, yeah, if you mean by blunted they took the site down. i can block the worm from my computer too! just let me pull this power cor/

will be arresting (1, Funny)

MikeHunt69 (695265) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822338)

The FBI will be arresting someone.. Hm. I wonder if thats Kevin Mitnick/Guantanamo Bay-style "will be arresting" or they really will arrest him so he can have a proper trial.

Too late... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822341)

I'm already in Mexico reading /. while I'm riding my gnu.

m$ security (1)

0xbeefcake (672592) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822344)

There's something deeply ironic about the .NET Messenger messenges I've been getting from M$ today telling me that my Linux-based MSN client is a security risk.

obligatory quote... (1)

chickerino (540140) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822359)

You're going to enter a world of pain, son. We know that this is your homework. We know you ...

He's innocent. (5, Insightful)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822370)

Or have we forgotten how the system works?

Alleged writer. Innocent until proven guilty beyond all reasonable doubt.

Based on this report, the evidence so far is one witness of unknown competence. "Testing the infection"? I "tested the infection" yesterday by making sure that AVG can contain Blaster.

Oh, I'm sure that the FBI aren't (quite) dumb enough to announce this without doing some investigation, but the fact that they're announcing it as a fait accompli before they've even made the arrest indicates that this is a PR exercise.

But that's irrelevant speculation, because whatever their or my or your opinion on it, this guy is innocent... pause for breath... until proven guilty beyond all reasonable doubt. Let's drop the tabloid press pack mentality here.

Never attribute to conspiracy..... (2, Insightful)

TechnoGrl (322690) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822373)

....what can just as easily be attributed to stupidity.

I guess this puts a finish to the "spammers are releasing viri into the wild" theories??

"A witness reportedly saw the teen testing ..." (1)

souter (128143) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822383)

Just goes to show how unneccessary this QA malarkey is.

Cryptic message (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6822384)

Researchers also discovered another message hidden inside the infection that appeared (emphasis added) to taunt Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates: "billy gates why do you make this possible? Stop making money and fix your software!"

Yup, that's cryptic alright. I'll bet the FBI's first question will be to ask what he meant by that.

Where's the legal defense fund? (3, Funny)

goldspider (445116) | more than 10 years ago | (#6822389)

This kid wasn't doing ANYTHING WRONG!

This is the beauty of OPEN SOURCE!! He got ahold of some code, modified and improved it, and released it back into the public domain! That's how it's SUPPOSED to work!

Think of the outrage that would have been touched off if he kept the modified code for his own use... INFORMATION WANTS TO BE FREE!!!

Where do I send my money? This guy is a HERO, not a CRIMINAL!

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