New email computer virus discovered

from CBC.ca archives | Sun, 28 Mar 1999

PITTSBURGH - A fast-spreading computer virus with the potential to breach security systems has been discovered by experts at a Pittsburgh University.

The computer team says the "Melissa macro", can allow documents to be e-mailed to other people without warning.

The virus doesn't hurt computers themselves. Instead, it overloads network systems by going into the address book of the computer's user and e-mailing itself to 50 addresses. Eventually, the overloaded systems must be shut down.

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