A German security firm has hired the teen accused of writing the Sasser and Netsky worms, a move that sends a dangerous message to hackers, anti-virus firms said Monday.

Firewall provider Securepoint, which is based in a city in northern Germany not far from the hometown of admitted hacker Sven Jaschan, hired the 18-year-old to work on its products because "he has a certain know-how in this field," a company spokesman said in a statement.

The rehabilitation didn't go down well with Sophos, the U.K.-based anti-virus vendor.

Internet Week > Securepoint > German Security Firm Hires Hacker Awaiting Trial > September 20, 2004


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