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Creator of `Melissa` Virus, Which Did Millions of Dollars of Damage, Sentenced to 20 Months

The creator of the “Melissa” virus was sentenced Wednesday to 20 months in federal prison for causing millions of dollars of damage by disrupting e-mail systems worldwide in 1999. David L. Smith, 33, pleaded guilty in December 1999 to a state charge of computer theft and to a federal charge of sending a damaging computer program. In the federal plea, both sides agreed the damage was greater than $80 million. Full Story

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