Melissa (computer virus)

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Type Macro virus
Author(s) David L. Smith
Operating system(s) affected Microsoft Windows[1]

The Melissa virus, also known as "Mailissa", "Simpsons", "Kwyjibo", or "Kwejeebo",[citation needed] is a mass-mailing macro virus. As it is not a standalone program, it is not a worm.[citation needed]

David L. Smith[edit]

Melissa was put in the wild by David L. Smith of Aberdeen Township, New Jersey[2] (The virus itself was credited to Kwyjibo, who was shown to be macrovirus writers VicodinES and ALT-F11 by comparing MS Word documents with the same globally unique identifier — this method was also used to trace the virus back to Smith.) Smith was sentenced to 10 years, serving 20 months, and was fined US $5,000.[3] The arrest was the result of a collaborative effort involving (amongst others) the FBI, the New Jersey State Police, Monmouth Internet and a Swedish computer scientist.[4]

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "W97M.Melissa.A". Symantec. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Poulson. "Justice mysteriously delayed for ‘Melissa’ author". 
  3. ^ "Creator of Melissa Computer Virus Sentenced to 20 Months in Federal Prison" (Press release). U.S. Department of Justice. 2002-05-01. Retrieved 2006-08-30. 
  4. ^ Tracking Melissa's alter egos, ZDNet, 1999-04-02 

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