The Britney virus, which made headlines yesterday and has so far failed to make an impact on users, was quite possibly created by the more clueless species of script kiddie.
According to antivirus firm Sybari, the Britney virus is nothing more than the Alyssa Milano virus, but with a different name.
Analysis of the code has revealed that whoever released the virus simply changed references to 'Alyssa Milano', to 'Britney'.
The Milano virus had already been picked up around 5 February and most antivirus firms offer protection against it.
"It is basically a virus known as 'Alyssa Milano' that came out earlier in the year. As no hot-blooded male was likely to click on someone unknown, the writer changed the name to Britney," said Sybari.
Milano has most recently starred in witchy TV series 'Charmed' and was previously a Melrose Place veteran.
Apparently the Milano virus itself bears some considerable resemblance to the Jennifer Lopez virus which hit late last year, which in turn attempted to emulate the Anna Kournikova virus.
Perhaps this one is just becoming the 'celebrity template virus', and maybe UK curling team leader Rhona Martin will be next.
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