"The repercussions were enormous and they were in fact quite positive," said
Christiansen. "A number of companies developed solutions or installed solutions for
these types of attacks. Generally people don't buy fire extinguishers until they have a
Christiansen added that prosecution of the 15-year-old teen could differ greatly
from that of the now-incarcerated Melissa Virus creator David Smith.
"Generally, the FBI has been vigorous in their attention to these types of crimes,
but he's a minor and he's a Canadian, so that brings into play a whole new set of
factors," Christiansen said. "They'll probably squeeze him as much as the law allows to
find out if he was one element in a conspiracy."
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