The German teenager who wrote the infamous Sasser worm (please, no more media over-sensionalization about Sasser) has been sentenced in a court in the German town of Verden. The judge, showing some compassion, said that the teen was in a "difficult social situation" at the time of the crime. This is an all-too-familiar story:
"He was very introverted and extremely shy at that time and was not integrated into his school class, which meant he had a strong need for recognition which he could achieve through his special abilities as a programmer," the court said.
As as a result of that, along with being 17 at the time of the crime, Sven Jaschan was give a suspended jail sentence of 21 months, along with 30 hours of community service.
It seems that German court showed some sympathy for the kid. I'm sure he'll learn his lesson, and justice will be served. If this was a US court, the poor guy would end up in the slammer for 20 years, because as we all know, writing a computer worm is five times more serious of a crime than murder or rape.