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MSNBC: Melissa virus suspect arrested

Apr 02, 1999, 15:36 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Sullivan)

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"A 30-year-old New Jersey man has been arrested and charged with originating the 'Melissa' e-mail virus, state officials announced Friday. David Smith of Aberdeen--described only as 'a computer guy'--is charged with several offenses, including interruption of public communications, which together carry a maximum penalty of $480,000 in fines and 40 years in prison. Smith was released from Monmouth County Jail on $100,000 bail."

"Smith named the virus after a topless dancer from Florida, where he used to live, the New Jersey attorney general's office said."

"Smith, a network programmer with a company that subcontracted for AT&T Corp., was snared with the help of America Online technicians and a computer task force composed of federal and state agents..."

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