Following the tracks of the Blaster virus author

According to The New York Times article, an 18yo named Jeff Parson was arrested by the FBI and charged with writing and distributing the Blaster.B virus. The article reports that the virus connects back to a system called Well, that wasn’t very bright on his part, I gotta say. Pop over to Network Solutions and the record for that particular domain reports…


Registrant (JP397-IYD-REG)
Jeff Parson
603 8th Ave S.
Hopkins, Minnesota 55343 US

One is tempted to assume that he just didn’t realize what he was doing. I mean, come on, this is his home address, not a post office box or whatever. Tantamount to putting a sign on your door “FBI, This is the Place”, isn’t it?

But writing viruses and similar hacking exploits is clearly his thing. The Web site at is blank now, just showing the default Apache install page, but a quick Google search allows us to pull up the previous version of the page from their cache, which lists — surprise! — source code for various viruses for people interested in learning how to write them, including:

  • p2p.teekid.c – my little p2p worm spreads via kazaa and imesh, downloads a file from web. No biggie. 1770 downloads.
  • webdl.c – webdownload example in c. 575 downloads
  • p2p.duload.vb – duload.d made be teekid and b0b, modified a tiny bit from the .c distro. 296 downloads.

IRC, Internet Relay Chat, is another area of interest for Mr. Parson. As the anonymous author of this page on Geocities says, the “Best IRCBOTS website on the net” was (now all gone as far as I can tell).

It’s always just unfortunate when bright and motivated individuals like Mr. Parson find more reward in destructive and antisocial behavior than anything else. Predictably, perhaps, his musical tastes seem consistent with the media stereotype of hackers, too. Digging further in Google reveals that he had a song lyrics area on his site, with lyrics to songs from Alice Cooper, Insane Clown Posse, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Ministry, and Weird Al Yankovic, among many others.

What do you think about it? A misdirected teen, or a malicious criminal who deserves to feel the full weight of the law? If convicted he could be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

6 comments on “Following the tracks of the Blaster virus author

  1. If forced to choose, the guys sounds far more like the misdirected teen than whatever the media might do to him.
    There are tens of thousands more like him. He was just an lucky/unlucky script kiddie – his worm succeeded.
    See also:
    Long story short – we need kids like this. We also need for nuclear power plants to stop using Windows, but that’s another story.

  2. You know, if his parents had been paying attention to what he was doing, they could have developed his talent and put a more positive spin on it. Give the kid a job! Send his parents to prison!

  3. Okay, Sultan. And why do you have them? Share with us your reason for having and exploring such content? Is it your intent to write your own viruses, or just intellectual curiosity?

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