For many computer users, the spring of 1999 was an unwelcome introduction to computer viruses. March saw the outbreak of the Melissa virus, followed by Chernobyl in April and Worm.ExploreZip in June, and each virus appeared to cause more damage than the one before. All three spread quickly around the world, exploiting the interconnectedness of computers and the hegemony of Microsoft products. In this article, we look at recent viruses and related legal issues.


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