Virus court case postponed again
In one of the first cases of its kind in South Africa, a former Edgars head office employee appeared in the Johannesburg Commercial Crime Court today, for allegedly initiating a virus in the company’s mainframe, which caused trading losses of about R5 million. The virus first manifested itself in the company’s computers in May 15 1999. The State claimed that the virus was deliberately introduced into the company’s system by Berend Howard (33), the accused, who was employed in the IT division. He was suspended shortly afterwards. Howard allegedly held a grudge against his employers because some IT work had been outsourced, and he had to accept a cut in salary. He was summonsed in January 2002 to appear in court on March 15 2002, where he was charged with malicious damage to property, and released on warning.