Tuesday, April 27, 1999

Chernobyl virus not a problem locally

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The personal computer virus Chernobyl failed to generate any meltdown in Greater Cincinnati on Monday.

        The most common version of the virus was programmed to come alive on April 26 — the 13th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

        “It's likely we would hear about any outbreaks, but nobody has called to say, "Help,'” said Sue Leitner, media relations manager for the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Inc. None of its 220 manufacturing and technology companies reported outbreaks of Chernobyl.

        Viruses like Chernobyl attempt to wipe out a computer's hard drive by writing gibberish to the system settings, which in turn prevent the machine from being restarted. On Monday, only seven sites with 30 individual computers had been infected, reported the Computer Emergency Response Team at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

        “We never saw the Melissa virus either,” said Jay Gates, president of Hyde Park Computers. The company has 1,700 clients.

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