Alex Shipp, anti-virus technologist at MessageLabs, an Internet messaging company, said the company had seen 18,000 copies of the virus during its first week in the wild.
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The writer of the virus, a 20 year old Dutch man who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with "disturbing a computer network" by Dutch police and could face a maximum of four years in prison. The suspect is believed to be the same person who posted a confession online last Wednesday. He said that he created the virus to prove that users had not learned the lessons of the Love Bug attack and that he did not want to harm those that opened the attachment.