The Melissa virus was the fifth most prevalent virus in the UK in March, despite only being discovered five days before the end of the month.
According to statistics from UK anti virus company Sophos, Melissa came fifth in the top 10 viruses hitting the UK last month. The Excel/Laroux Macro virus came top, followed by Ethan, Marker and Class, also all Macro viruses.
Melissa, a Word 97 Macro virus discovered late last month, spread so rapidly because it sends itself on to 50 email addresses taken from the victim's Outlook address book.
US authorities have a man in custody that they believe wrote and sent out the virus. He is awaiting trial.
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