Recombinant email viruses?

From: Robert S. Thau (
Date: Thu Jan 18 2001 - 13:26:59 PST

According to ZDnet, at,4586,2675677,00.html?chkpt=zdnnstop

there's a new version of Melissa going around. The weird thing about
this one is the description of how it arose, from the above article:

     The latest variation is the result of a Macintosh Office
     2001 user who saved a document infected with the
     Melissa-X virus as an Office 2001 file. This document was
     e-mailed to a Windows 97 user, who opened it and started
     the latest round of infection.

While they don't quite come out and say so, this certainly makes it
sound as if this sequence of events happened by accident, in the
process changing the (known) virus just enough to get past the

Think of it as evolution in action...


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