The Mental Driller: Setting the record straight

    Date04 Jul 2002
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    I am The Mental Driller, member of the 29A virus-writing group. My reason for writing is that I wish to deny publicly that the virus 'Simile', or 'Etap' (although, originally, I named it 'MetaPHOR'), was written by any anti-virus company. Certain . . . I am The Mental Driller, member of the 29A virus-writing group. My reason for writing is that I wish to deny publicly that the virus 'Simile', or 'Etap' (although, originally, I named it 'MetaPHOR'), was written by any anti-virus company. Certain reactionary people read Symantec's analysis of the virus and made their own malicious misinterpretation of a sentence that was intended by Symantec to calm user fears: 'So far Symantec has not received any submissions of this virus from customers.' The sentence means exactly what it says. Period. It cannot be interpreted in other way. The antivirus company is not the author of the virus, I am the author. They have the virus in their hands because I sent it to them and, since I haven't spread the virus, I do not expect it to appear In the Wild (unless any unscrupulous person unleashes it).
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