Six years after Melissa, mass-mailed malware has peaked

Monday, 28 March 2005, 2:15 AM EST

On March 26, 1999, Melissa, the first virus that spread by mailing copies of itself to addresses it dug out of infected machines, swept the Internet. Six years later, mass-mailed worms have reached their peak, said the researcher who led authorities to the hacker who wrote Melissa.

Jimmy Kuo, a research fellow with McAfee, was in on the first discussions as samples of the still-not-named virus were captured and put under the forensics microscope.

By Gregg Keizer at InternetWeek.

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