Sadly, it appears from the BBC report that he is just another 'me too' script kiddie, who made minor amendments to Lovesan and sent it on it's way. I'd like to get my hands on the original author(s) :)
They always seem to be fat, pastey looking individuals who maybe if they got their fat backsides away from their computers for more than the time it takes to get some pizza or refill their coke glass - they might see that there is more to life than tapping away on their keyboards (gcs_uk reaches to refill his empty glass with coke :0)
My son would happily divide his time between the PS2,TV and the PC however we intervene and tell him to get his fat ass (my wife is american) out of the house we also have him involved in a few extracurricular activities ranging from rugby to drama school. Which actually means that we have to spend a bit of our weekends and free time getting him thee and picking him up.
Revolutinary new idea for parents - take an interest in your kids and they might not get into so much trouble now or in the future.
Sorry but if I ever found my son doing anything remotely like modifying a virus i would do slightly more than restrict his computer access.
the question everone should be asking is WHY? and the other thing to not stick this kid in jail but to use some of his brain power to some good, are script kidd's bad or just bored, wanting to do some thing with their time or better still just wanted to get their own back on life or people who make their life hell. Why not get these kids to improve virus scanners and the like and use their skill for the better lets try and understand why they did it.
And I dont say what they do is right far from it but some thing is missing from their life