Simon Vallor, a 21 year old web designer from Llandudno, North
Wales, has today pleaded guilty to charges, under section three of
the Computer Misuse Act 1990, of writing and distributing three
mass-mailing computer viruses.
Vallor has admitted to releasing the Redesi, Admirer and
Gokar worms, the
last of which made Sophos's top ten of most encountered viruses in
January 2002. The prosecution stated that Vallor's Gokar worm
infected 27,000 computers in 42 different countries across the
Vallor, who keeps an online diary on his personal website,
www.devilwithin.com, posted this message on 18th December, in the
run up to today's appearance at Bow Street Magistrate's Court,
London: "I have to catch a train to London tomorrow to be in court
on Friday morning. Hopefully I'll get bailed again to appear in
front of crown after New Years, I'd obviously wish for a suspended
sentence but I thinks thats asking too much. Just in case I do get
sentenced, remember this: Mundis vult decipi, ergo decipaitur. I
can't say everything has been good in this life, a few laughs, a
few jokes, a few drinks and a few smokes ... I have regrets, but I
don't regret being me. Hopefully this isn't goodbye from the Devil
Within .... see you in hell."
"Vallor's website reveals he pretty much fits the profile of a
typical virus writer - he is young, techie and preoccupied with
female nudity," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant
for Sophos Anti-Virus. "We're beginning to see more
cyber-prosecutions which is good news for businesses and home
computer users alike. Writing and distributing viruses is a serious
crime - the cost of clearing up 27,000 infected computers in terms
of lost man hours is substantial."
Vallor was also charged with possession of child pornography,
although these charges have been dropped. He is due to be sentenced
in the New Year.