Virus author faces five years in jail

Tuesday, 21 January 2003, 12:25 PM EST

A virus author who admitted infecting thousands of computers across the world with fast-spreading viruses is facing five years in jail.

Simon Vallor, 22, created the bugs at his home in Llandudno, north Wales, and released them on to the internet.

The "mass-mailer" viruses were sent as e-mails that would corrupt data on the computer's hard-drive when they were opened.

In addition, the viruses were automatically sent to everyone on the computer's address book.

Vallor is thought to have seized-up 27,000 computers and caused mayhem in 42 countries with bugs dubbed 'Gokar', 'Admirer' and 'Redesi'.

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