20 Jun 2001
Kournikova suspect to appear in court
Reports from the Netherlands state that Jan de Wit, the suspected author of the Anna Kournikova worm (also known as VBS/SST-A) which infected computers around the world in February 2001, is to be prosecuted.
Jan de Wit is expected to appear in court on September 12, and if found guilty could face a sentence of up to six months in prison or a fine of up to 100,000 guilders.
The Anna Kournikova worm arrived in email inboxes pretending to be a picture of the popular Russian tennis player, but in fact contained a computer virus.
"Virus writing is not a game," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "Computer viruses can cause untold damage and spread indiscriminately. Virus writers should take this as a warning - the authorities are taking their activities more seriously and are prepared to take decisive action. If you don't want to end up in court, don't write and distribute viruses."
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