Virus writers get behind Gigabyte

Monday, 13 May 2002, 1:58 PM EST

The virus-writing community made something of an about-turn last week as an increasing number of authors gave their support to female virus writer, Gigabyte.

Previously the teenage coder had been lambasted by male members of the community for her creation of the Sharp virus that attacks Microsoft's .Net platform.

Eighteen-year-old high school student Gigabyte created the second virus to affect the .Net platform in March. Although the code was only proof of concept and not released into the open, Gigabyte managed to attract less-than-welcome attention from some of the more sexist members of the virus-writing community.

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