Bulgarian computer virus ("Murphy")
lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
Tue Oct 10 16:07:30 UTC 2000
> Greetings again from Sofia, where I have just a few minutes before dinner.
>BULGARIAN COMPUTER VIRUS "MURPHY"--Veliko Tarnovo, where I just came
>from, is noted for its pirate software. Microsoft lobbied for
>changes in Bulgaria's copyright laws; Bulgaria agreed, because they
>want to join the EU. Bulgaria rationalizes intellectual property
>theft with (1) they can't afford the real stuff and (2) the west
>took away all their computer professionals that were educated under
>communism in the 1980s.
> Bulgaria claims to have invented the first computer virus,
>"Murphy," written by the Dark Avenger. I can't verify this, and I
>don't know if Murphy will make the OED.
M. Lynne Murphy
Lecturer in Linguistics
School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 3AN UK
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