Sasser lawyers to make closing statements Thursday

Lawyers in the trial of the Sasser computer worm author will make their closing arguments Thursday.

Lawyers in the trial of the Sasser computer worm author made their closing arguments on Thursday at the district court in Verden, Germany, with the court expected to deliver its verdict on Friday, according to a court spokeswoman.

They will also discuss sentencing for the 19-year old German teenager, Sven Jaschan.

The court had initially scheduled Thursday as the final day of the trial but decided to take more time to issue its verdict, Verden District Court spokeswoman Katharina Krutzfeldt said

Jaschan confessed at the start of his trial on Tuesday to creating last year's Sasser computer worm, which crashed hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide.

He was arrested in May 2004 at the family's home in Waffensen, Germany, after Microsoft Corp. received a tip from an informant seeking a reward from the software company.

Sasser, a self-executing piece of software code, exploited a hole in a component of Windows called the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service, or LSASS. The worm scanned the Internet searching for vulnerable computers.

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