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Romanian Blaster trial kicks off Friday

A Romanian man accused of creating a variant of the infamous Blaster worm faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted in a trial due to begin this Friday (January 23). Dan Dumitru Ciobanu, 26, is accused creating a virus variant (Blaster-F) that spread over the intranet of the Hydrotechnical University in the north Romanian City of Iasi in September 2003. Although the virus affected 27 computers only, Ciobanu faces between three and fifteen years in jail for “unlawful possession of a program and disturbing a computer system”. Researchers from local AV firm BitDefender, who assisted Romanian police in investigating the case, are expected to testify for the prosecution. Full Story

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