Charges against Love Bug writer dropped

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Charges against Love Bug writer dropped

When Onel de Guzman, by his own admission, “accidentally” released the most damaging virus (actually a worm) in history onto the Internet, there were no laws against such activity in the Republic of the Philippines. Though damages caused by the program are estimated to be in the $billions, the drop-out from Manila will go free because Philippine law, influenced by years of U.S. presence, forbids retroactive application of the now existing anti-virus measure signed into effect this June by President Joseph Estrada. Some are condeming the Philippine authorities and calling for international Internet law and legal powers.

For more information, read wired.com or inquirer.net.

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