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I haven't been posting much lately, i've been swamped at work and have classes four nights a week. But i'm back. I mangaed to read the forums once a week or so and it seemed like August was quite the heyday for threads.

Anyway i read the NY Times this morning and thought i'd share a Business section front page article on "Arrest Made in Attacks on Computers." The articles is pretty bad - the most frustrating line for me is -

"The handcuffs are not cyberhandcuffs. They were real cuffs this morning."

Attorney General John Ashcroft issued a statement saying: "Cyberhacking is not joy riding. Hacking disrupts lives and victimizes innocent people across the nation."

Arrrgggghh! Cyberhackcuffs. Please.

And how about saying "The Patriot Act disrupts lives and victimizes innocent people across the nation," Mr. Ashcroft?/

Well, enjoy the reading and learn to cover your tracks.

Arrest Made in Attacks on Computers

By SARAH KERSHAW and LAURIE J. FLYNN

Minnesota teenager who the authorities said created a virulent version of the Blaster computer worm was arrested yesterday morning by federal investigators who were tracking the origin of the worm that wreaked havoc on users of Microsoft Windows.

Federal law enforcement officials said that the teenager, Jeffrey Lee Parson, 18, of Hopkins, Minn., was acting alone when he copied the Blaster virus and wrote a variant known as Blaster.B. Mr. Parsons, who used the Internet name "teekid," was able to develop the B version by modifying codes of the original virus.

Federal authorities in Seattle have taken the lead in the investigation because Microsoft's headquarters are in nearby Redmond. They said Mr. Parson had no connection to those responsible for unleashing the original Blaster worm. It and its variants have affected more than 500,000 computers worldwide and cost North American companies $1.3 billion, according to computer security experts.

Mr. Parson was arrested at his home at 8 a.m. yesterday, after a search there on Aug. 19 by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Secret Service, who seized seven computers.

Federal investigators, working with Microsoft, were able to find Mr. Parson by intentionally infecting a computer with the virus and then watching it connect to a Web site, www.t33kid.com, which they eventually linked to Mr. Parson, the creator of the site.

By hacker standards, Mr. Parson apparently did not hide his tracks very well. He is said to have changed the name of a file to "teekid.exe," which is similar to his Internet pseudonym. That simplified the task of finding him for law enforcement agencies and antivirus researchers, who maintain files on thousands of hackers around the world.

Mr. Parson was placed under house arrest yesterday, barred from access to his computers and was scheduled to appear in Federal District Court in Seattle on Sept. 17. The criminal complaint, filed by the United States attorney for the Western District of Washington, said Mr. Parson intentionally caused and tried to cause damage to a protected computer. If convicted he could be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The authorities said the Blaster.B variant infected at least 7,000 individual computers and it also used those computers to attack or try to attack Microsoft's web site, www.windowsupdate.com.

Neither Mr. Parson nor his parents returned phone calls left at the family's home.

The authorities in Seattle said the arrest should serve as a stern warning to computer hackers.

"There's no thrill to this," said John McKay, the United States attorney in Seattle. "The handcuffs are not cyberhandcuffs. They were real cuffs this morning."

Attorney General John Ashcroft issued a statement saying: "Cyberhacking is not joy riding. Hacking disrupts lives and victimizes innocent people across the nation."

But the arrest brought investigators no closer to finding the culprits responsible for creating the original Blaster virus even as they continue the hunt for the hackers behind the virus known as SoBig.F, which also struck recently.

Mr. McKay said that the agency had evidence concerning the author of the original virus, but declined to give details.

The original Blaster worm, a viruslike program known by a variety of names, including W32.Blaster, MSBlast and W32/Lovsan, struck corporate computer systems on Aug. 11 and was among the most damaging computer viruses to date. It struck just days before the SoBig.F virus was sent to millions of e-mail addresses throughout the world. Blaster, which was a network worm that struck mainly corporations, brought network traffic to a halt and compromised company data. SoBig.F was aimed at home personal computer users and small companies.

The version that Mr. Parson developed was relatively limited in its effect. By the time the B variant hit, most companies had already taken action to defend against further attacks, computer security experts said.

Security experts say that creating a variant of an existing worm is a relatively easy task compared with creating the original malicious code, in some cases, requiring only a few changes in the original worm's code.

"He took an existing worm and tweaked it," said Dr. Peter Tippett, founder and chief technologist at TruSecure, a computer security consulting company in Herndon, Va.

Over the last five years, there have been about 150 writers of major harmful viruses, Dr. Tippett said. Of those, roughly 20 have been identified. Only about 10 have been prosecuted, Dr. Tippett said.

Sophisticated hackers are able to cover their tracks by connecting to a variety of anonymous servers scattered throughout the world. But novice perpetrators may be inclined to brag about their work in the cyberunderworld; the authorities said that is what Mr. Parson did.

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He was stupid for adding his name... But a 10 year and 250,000 fine possibility is crazy and stupid.

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thats what you get if you dont cover your tracks....but this kid WAS looking for it...

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teekid: Dudes I totally changed the blaster code a little and added my name to everything.

PhantomPhreak: Where's your brain!? You don't add your name to everything and have the worm connect back to your website.

CerealKiller: Yeah that's universally stupid man.

PhantomPhreak: Hey who ate all my fries!?

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heh, he "totally" changed it "a little" that doesn't really make sense if you think about it :lol::lol:

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I have to say that was really very stupid of him.. he deserved what he got, he isnt no hacker just a script kiddy with no real sence.

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First, he's 18. Very few people have much sense when they're 18 (I know I didn't!).

Second, the way he's being bandied about in the media screams scapegoat... "It's this kids fault! He's an eee-vil hacker. Just look at the size of him! HE did it!" It's not happy-candyland-windows fault or the deals made that perpetuate its use in government and corporate entities. Or the users who didn't apply a month-old patch. It's a kid. Why would anyone want to save money on stable, secure, OPEN software anyway? "Everything would've been fine if it wasn't for that freakish kid!"

Third, "The authorities in Seattle said the arrest should serve as a stern warning to computer hackers." Granted, the teen broke the law. And he should be prosecuted for such. His situation should not be a warning, it should not be an example... It should be a matter of justice.

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dude this kid lives miles from me!!! its in my local paper... you can find an article at the pioneer press or in the Star Tribune

i didn't hear about this till my mother in law saw it on the news and looks at me and sez " he's doing the same shit your doing!!!" and i said "what was he doing?"

"oh that hacking bullshit" then i explained to her that writing a virus or worm is not hacking, but she sez its all the same!!! :grr:

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feend: :lol::lol::lol::lol: interesting angle :-D

twirlz: :grr: is right, try to set her straight. how can she support that statement????

i hope they don't lean on the kid too hard

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sounds like alot of shit off the hackers movie

but ya i dont know alot iam still learning but man that was royally stuped i could have done better in covering my tracks

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Im with Twirls, Im from Minnesota also, and wow, I feel so proud to see such stupidity from us in the press recently. Recent thinks include this, the shutting down of some 7 year old girls selling drinks outside the State Fair, and still plagued by Jesse Ventura. The only semi funny and uplifting part was the end of this Pioneer Press article in which a teacher of his says: (bold added)

"It's disappointing to know that one of our students would be doing this," Franke said. "That says an awful lot of how smart our students are. Or maybe it's not so difficult to make a virus like this."
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Just look at the size of him! HE did it!"
Jeffrey Lee Parson is indisputably big at 6 feet 4 inches, 320 pounds.
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i hope they don't lean on the kid too hard

i think the best solution to this, is to give him the proper trial and justice. they don't have to go "easy" on him, cuz he's a kid, he caused trouble and it's his fault, he's not a hacker, he's not even a virus writer, he just adapted it. he's just a kiddie after all, and should be punished for his stupidity.

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i hope they don't lean on the kid too hard

...they don't have to go "easy" on him, cuz he's a kid...

I thought he was 18?

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At 18 you're an adult, at 17 you're a juveneile [sic], although the older you get the more likely you are to be charged as an adult... :ranaway:

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he is 18, but thats still pretty young to be faced with a felony charge, or murder, or whatever they're giving him.

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what they could do for this kid is give him all the porn he can handle right..... then chop his hands off and tie him to a chair for his sentence!!! :) that would really suck!!

all this porn and no way to get off for ten years!!! shit that would scar someone!!!

sounds like something from clockwork orange!

i really liked the last paragraph in the star trib... some thing to the effect of that they are not impressed with this kid that it takes no sufisticated knowledge to do what he did!!! i was laughing so hard my wife and mother in law were worried about my breatheing!!

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Whats sad is this happens by the thousands everyday but only the big toys get noticed.. as well as the people who "claim" them as well.

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Whats sad is this happens by the thousands everyday but only the big toys get noticed.. as well as the people who "claim" them as well.

What's REALLY sad is that we can discuss this topic for 5 pages and it won't make any difference. They'll give this guy the maximum sentence while the kiddy raper in the next room gets a slap on the wrist. Sure you could even go down there and protest. After about 8 hours some local news channel will finally arrive just as a policemen in riot gear is macing and clubbing you. Other people tuning in will not be outraged at seeing this happen, but will instead be pissed that the news report is cutting into "Who wants to prostitute themselves to a dumb shit the fox producer's gave a millon dollar check to?"

Am I wrong? Someone want to shed a more optimistic light on us vs. them?

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well, this guy should receive the maximum sentence, i mean, here's my reasons:

1. he's a fucknut for leaving all that stuff behind, like his name and his site.

2. he's an even bigger fucknut for creating this version in the first place.

3. he's not even a hacker, so there's no reason for you to get all protestive about it...

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well, this guy should receive the maximum sentence, i mean, here's my reasons:

1. he's a fucknut for leaving all that stuff behind, like his name and his site.

2. he's an even bigger fucknut for creating this version in the first place.

3. he's not even a hacker, so there's no reason for you to get all protestive about it...

Exactly my piont; If your stupid enough to make the viris connect back to you and even more stupid enough to rename it after you, you have no brian.

Add to that that this type of action is not hacking.. so Im not worried abotu it, becouse hes not a hacker and hes not hacking, hes a lamer with no skill and no real clue; Thus there really isnt anything to get crazy about, stupid people wind up in jail everyday, they even have a tv show about it.

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Yeah... That's very true raven, he's a lamer with no skill.... but that's not what the world thinks... As he's the one you hear about, the "sheep" think he's the best... he did something that no other hackers did... he wrote a virus! and another thing that pisses me off...

Microsoft, who had this retarded vulnerabitilty to begin with, ACTUALLY PROFITED FROM IT! They were selling the patch on CD at BestBuy.... I couldn't believe it!

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