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Briton Pleads Guilty - Admits Creating Notorious Computer Viruses

by Nikola Strahija on December 21st, 2002 A British man admitted on Friday creating three computer viruses which he spread around the globe, including one rated the world's third most prolific. Simon Vallor, 21, from Llandudno, in Wales, pleaded guilty at London's Bow Street Magistrates Court on Friday to sending the "Gokar," "Redesi," and "Admirer" email computer viruses which affected computers in 46 countries.

Vallor, who was arrested in February by British police following a tip-off from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, claimed his motivation was to see whether he could do it and whether the virus would spread back to him.

Scotland Yard said some variants of the viruses caused little damage to computers. But others, which claimed an infected attachment was from the Microsoft support desk, would lead to the user's hard drive being reformatted. Even after the computer was rebooted, some of the variants would return, making it difficult to clean the virus from the system. "This was an interesting case due to some of the phrases, used in the code, which related to Wiccan, a pagan religion which the author claimed to have connections with," Detective Sergeant Steve Santorelli said. Infected computers would relay the message "Bide ye the Wiccan laws ye must, in perfect love and perfect trust." Vallor was released on bail pending sentencing at Southwark Crown Court on a date to be decided.

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