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A virus ate my exam results

The West Bengal Education Minister, Kanti Biswas, has blamed a computer virus after students received incorrect marks in Higher Secondary examinations this week. Biswas told the State Assembly in Calcutta that an unnamed virus attacked computer systems earlier this year, resulting in a number of errors on mark sheets. Nineteen separate cases of irregularities in marking were discovered, and blamed on the mystery infection. Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus, agreed with us that the problem could just as easily be explained by someone pressing the wrong button on a computer or some other form of human error. Even if a virus was responsible for the latest problem it still doesn’t excuse the minister of responsibility for the problem. “Saying ‘a virus ate my exam results’ is no excuse. No computer is immune from virus attack, so all users should take steps to ensure their PCs are protected against the latest viruses,” Cluley added. Full Story

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