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CNET News.com: Email virus spreading rapidly

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

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"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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