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Hangman or Hugs for Hackers?

Some DW-WORLD readers felt the teenage German computer hacker who created the Sasser Internet worm deserved a harder sentence. Others thought leniency was called for even though his program caused damage worldwide.

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The Sasser worm attacks the Windows operating system

The following comments reflect the views of our readers. Not all reader comments have been published. DW-WORLD reserves the right to edit for length and appropriateness of content.

The sentence was just, and acceptable. No other product is sent out to consumers with little or no thought to protecting their security than Microsoft does. -- Jacko

He is obviously very intelligent and surely understood the consequences of his deeds. Send him to jail and truly punish him....otherwise others his age will take it as a sign that if you're young enough, your age will protect you from punishment and there'll be no end to computer crimes from the younger set. -- Richard Sargent

There should be some harsh punishment that results from such actions. Personally, I lost one computer to the Sasser worm; it shut down and will not even start up, which meant I had to purchase a new computer for about $1600. Being a working person that took quite a bite out of the budget. How many others like myself were affected by this virus that the courts are not even aware of? Just so (hackers) can destroy the personal property of others. I think he was well aware of his actions and should deal with the maximum punishment allowed. -- C. Williams

The boy should be applauded for having alerted the world that the internet is not so secure and should make companies have regular backups in the event of a serious hacker paralysing their operations. The boy should do community service by going ahead with showing them how it's easy to hack a computer from anywhere in the world. -- Matongo Maumbi, Zambia

It would be a crime to let this teenager get off lightly for causing so much havoc, not to mention the financial loss to millions of people. My computer has suffered the shutdown-and-reboot problems and it may well be linked to the worm. Imagine working on email correspondence and before you can send it off, the computer shuts down and reboots by itself? It is also interesting to note that the Sasser worm creator gets a job at Securepoint, a German software security company!! Makes one wonder doesn't it? A heavy punishment would be fair justice and send a clear signal to potential future virus vandals. -- Eric Tan, Kuwait

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  • Date 19.07.2005
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  • Date 19.07.2005
  • Author Complied by DW staff (mry)
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