Remember Melissa the malware stripper? She’s back

Graham Cluley
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You probably don’t need too great a memory to remember the Melissa virus.

It was one of the very first email-aware viruses, striking the internet hard in 1999 by forwarding itself in an infected Word document to the first 50 people in your Outlook address book.

It was the grandaddy of some of the big viruses that followed, paving the way for other significant email worms like the Love BugAnna Kournikova and MyDoom.

But what many people don’t remember is that David L Smith, the author of Melissa, named his virus after an exotic dancer he encountered in Miami, Florida.  And guess what? Melissa is back!

No, not the Word macro…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.