Did I do that?
- — 06 January, 2000 16:15
When the author of the so-called "I Love You" virus was tracked down in the Philippines, he apologised profusely for his act of techno-vandalism costing many, many dollars worldwide and forcing lots of people to download their MP3s again. The university student admitted that he may have been involved in writing and distributing the virus, but said that it was an accident.
This intrigues us. If this is true, then it proves an ancient theory in ways we could never have foreseen. We believe that the FBI and computer security experts who tracked him down should be on the lookout for a secret installation where a million monkeys toil away on a million keyboards, accidentally and randomly generating such hideous output as e-mail worms and the complete works of William Shakespeare.