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A German teenager who authorities say confessed to creating the Sasser computer worm last year will face trial in July on charges of computer sabotage, a state court said Friday. Sven Jaschan, 19, was arrested at his home in northern Germany in May of last year after Microsoft Corp. received a tip from an informant seeking a reward. Jaschan’s worm had raced around the world, exploiting a flaw in the company’s Windows operating system. The worm snarled tens of thousands of computers and caused Internet traffic to slow. It scanned the Internet for computers with the security flaw and sent a copy of itself there. Computer sabotage carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. The trial, which begins July 5, will be held behind closed doors because Jaschan was a minor at the time of the alleged sabotage, the court in the town of Verden said. In their indictment, prosecutors chose as plaintiffs three German city governments and a public broadcaster whose systems were disrupted. Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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