Microsoft has decided to partially forgive Jeffrey Lee Parson, the teen convicted of infecting 48,000 computers with a variant of the destructive Blaster worm. Instead of having to pay $500,000 in restitution to the company, Parson will instead be working 225 hours of community service in addition to a year and half in prison.

"Mr. Parson's additional community service will have a stronger impact on him in serving his sentence." - Tim Cranton, senior attorney at Microsoft.