Blaster-B author released on bail, barred from Internet

Jeffrey Lee Parson, the Minnesota teenager charged with unleashing the W32.Blaster-B Internet worm, was released on bail following a hearing Friday in the US Federal Court in St. Paul.

Parson, an 18 year-old from Hopkins, Minnesota, was arrested Friday morning in connection with the release of a variant of the Blaster worm on Aug. 14 following a joint investigation by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Secret Service, according to FBI spokesman Bill Murray.

Parson was released on a US$25,000 personal recognizance bond and directed to appear before a magistrate judge in Seattle, Washington, on Sept. 17, according to Pat Sabin, deputy clerk at the St. Paul court. Parson was not required to put up any money to be released but will need to keep court officers informed of his whereabouts, Sabin said.

In addition, Parson will have to wear an electronic monitoring device and be confined to his home except to attend school, receive medical treatments and make court appearances, she said. The court also barred Parson from the Internet and forbid him to use computers or "connected devices" at his home or any other location, Sabin said.

All computers have been removed from Parson's home, she said.

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