Sasser blew the simmering lid off malicious software, wreaking high-profile havoc in businesses and organizations across the world. Disruption caused by the worm included the shutting down of 130 offices of insurance company IF; the cancellation of several Delta Air Lines transatlantic flights; and the satellite communication of the AFP news agency being blocked for hours.
Jaschan was arrested after a three-month international investigation that saw Microsoft slapping a $250,000 bounty on thewriter's head, and he was the first person caught as a direct result of .
The teenager was tried in Germany in July 2005 and pleaded guilty to charges including computer sabotage and disruption of business. There was speculation he would serve time behind bars. In fact,--a punishment that caused widespread criticism in the security community.
Jaschan managed to generate further headlines by netting a programming job with computer security company SecurePoint, a move that also caused much head-shaking and soul-searching among security professionals.
Natasha Lomas reported for Silicon.com in London.