ILOVEYOU Suspect Goes Free | AccountingWEB

ILOVEYOU Suspect Goes Free

Here's a riddle for you: who causes $10 billion worth of damage and walks away, Scott free?

The alleged author of the ILOVEYOU virus, of course!

Charges were dropped Monday against Onel de Guzman because the Justice Department claimed the charges did not apply to computer hacking, and there was not enough evidence to back them up.

de Guzman claims he may have released the virus by accident, but denied that he had anything to do with actually writing the virus. Philippines President Joseph Estrada approved a new law in June regarding electronic commerce and computer hacking, but the law's effect cannot be retroactive to the May 4 virus.

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