What The Papers Say: Anti-virus producers give thanks to Melissa

Allegedly named after a topless dancer in Florida, the computer virus dubbed Melissa wreaked havoc in cyberspace last week.

Allegedly named after a topless dancer in Florida, the computer

virus dubbed Melissa wreaked havoc in cyberspace last week.



It caused the temporary closure of systems at Microsoft and Intel, and

interfered with NATO communications during attacks on Belgrade.

Politicians were publicly embarrassed as lists of pornographic web sites

were sent to constituents and donors, and lost productivity caused

millions of pounds worth of damage.



Melissa’s achievement in gaining worldwide notoriety in a matter of days

could be viewed as a resounding accomplishment. But were there any

winners?



Computer hackers and virus-creators may have celebrated the latest

victory of security infringement and a ’free cyberspace’. But the FBI,

aided by programming wizards eventually got its man.



However, the real benefactors were anti-virus software producers who,

following the Easter antics, can probably expect a further boost to

their pounds 1 billion industry profits seen last year.



Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International. Cuttings supplied by the

Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers Say’ can be found at:

www.carma.com.



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