China Jails Panda Worm Writer for Four Years – Gregg Keizer

The cute image of panda is used almost everywhere in China. If one day panda’s image appears at your computer screen, you won’t be very happy. It is a sign of getting Panda Worm, which was the worst computer virus and attacked millions of computers in China in 2006. Now the Panda Worm’s writer is facing four years in prison. From Computer World:

The 25-year-old programmer who unleashed the Panda worm almost a year ago in China was sentenced today to four years in prison, a news service reported from Beijing.

Li Jun, arrested in February and charged last month with making approximately $13,000 selling the worm — dubbed both “Fujacks” and “Panda Burning Joss Sticks” — was given a four-year jail term by a court in Xiantao, China. Three other men — all in their 20s, according to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) wire service — were sentenced to between one year and two and a half years for their part in spreading the worm.
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