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CNET News.com: Email virus spreading rapidly

Mar 27, 1999, 02:28 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"A new virus is actively spreading itself across the Internet, taking advantage of users' email address books to replicate "extremely quickly," according to one expert."

"The virus, W97M_Melissa, uses a combination of Microsoft Word macros and Microsoft Outlook to send a list of 80 pornographic Web sites. It works with either Word 97 or Word 2000..."

"Because the virus sends itself to potentially thousands of contacts contained in a user's address distribution list, however, there's a possibility that the virus could overwhelm mail servers."

"Network Associates estimated the virus has already hit hundreds of thousands of computers."

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