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CNET News.com: Christmas virus could reformat hard drives

Nov 21, 1999, 21:30 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Borland)

"A new quick-spreading computer virus that can reformat a victim's computer hard drive on Christmas has been detected, and already appears to have cropped up on three continents... at least 10 Fortune 500 companies scattered across Europe, the United States and Australia called in reports about the virus..."

"Like Melissa, the virus comes as an attachment in an email. Once opened, the virus will email itself to the first 50 addresses in an infected computer's email contact list... But unlike its predecessors,... Prilissa carries a destructive kick. If opened, a user's hard drive could get re-configured."

"The virus appears in mailboxes purporting to be a message from the last infected user... The document itself can be whatever Microsoft Word file the last victim was using when the virus sent itself out, raising the risk that confidential documents could accidentally be released to a huge number of people."

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