Word that admitted Melissa virus writer David L. Smith could receive up to five years in prison appears to have had little effect on the number of new viruses showing up on the Internet.
“We had an unprecedented deluge of viruses over the past two weeks and we see no sign of it stopping,” said Dan Schrader, vice president of new technology for anti-virus firm Trend Micro Inc.
Among them is TROJ_ICQGREETING, a virus that according to Trend could potentially spread quickly among users of the ICQ messaging service. Although an error in the program prevents it from activating, the virus’s method of spreading could potentially have a cascading effect similar to Melissa and cause mass e-mailings.
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