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The Chernobyl virus

Taiwan's Chen Ing-Hau was named the author more than a year ago but the authorities were unable to charge him because no company in the country had complained.

india Updated: Dec 09, 2003 21:10 IST
PTI

Taiwanese Chen Ing-Hau was identified as the author of the deadly Chernobyl virus in 1999, but the authorities were unable to charge him because no company in the country had complained!

Chen was still a student of computer engineering at the Institute of Technology when he created the virus.

Triggered on April 26, 1999 - the 13th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster - CIH (so named because of the author's initials) was the first virus capable of paralyzing a PC by damaging the bios chip, requiring it to be replaced.

When it struck in 1999, it caused millions of pounds in damage, affecting more than 60 million computers world wide.

It caused over $250 million damage in South Korea alone.

Chen said he created the bug hoping to humiliate and take revenge on what he called incompetent antivirus software providers.

First Published: Dec 08, 2003 00:00 IST