5. Dilemma/Issues: Virus


Virus is a type of malware that, when executed, replicates by inserting copies of itself (possibly modified) into other computer programs, data files, or the boot sector of the hard drive; when this replication succeeds, the affected areas are then said to be “infected”. Viruses often perform some type of harmful activity on infected hosts, such as stealing hard disk space or CPU time, accessing private information, corrupting data, displaying political or humorous messages on the user’s screen, spamming their contacts, or logging their keystrokes. However, not all viruses carry a destructive payload or attempt to hide themselves—the defining characteristic of viruses is that they are self-replicating computer programs which install themselves without the user’s consent.










INTRO: Filipino computer student drop-out Onel de Guzman says he could have accidentally started the so-called I LOVE YOU computer virus. As Amy Bickers reports from Manila, Mr. Guzman and his sister held a news conference (Thursday) after being sought for days by police in connection with the case.

TEXT:  Onel de Guzman acknowledges that he may have mistakenly set free the computer worm which swept around the world this past week. The virus spread rapidly from country to country, destroying files and costing up to 10 billion dollars in lost productivity. Mr. de Guzman and his sister, Irene, appeared at acrowded news conference Thursday at their attorney’s office in Manila. They wore dark glasses and allowed their lawyer, Ronaldo Quimbo, to do most of the talking.

/// QUIMBO ACT ///

The reports in the mass media in the past days on theso-called I LOVE YOU computer virus have identified Miss Irene de Guzman and her brother Onel de Guzman as somehow responsible for it. Media accounts have also reported opinions of legal experts – including officials from the Department of Justice no less -that some types of use of computer and Internet, although criminally punishable in other jurisdictions,is not punishable under criminal law in this country.

/// END ACT ///

Earlier Thursday, officials investigating the virus summoned the pair to appear before them. But Mr.Quimbo made it clear that they would not do so voluntarily, since he believes his clients have not broken any laws.

/// QUIMBO ACT ///

No subpoena or warrant of arrest has been issued, so why do they have to give themselves up? Under our criminal procedure, a person may only be arrested under a valid warrant of arrest, which may be issued by the courts upon the finding of an actual case incourt and after a preliminary investigation conducted by the Department of Justice.

/// END ACT ///

Mr. de Guzman is one of two students at the Philippines’ A-M-A Computer College who wrote computer programs at the focus of the investigation of the troublesome virus. Professors rejected his thesis proposal, which details methods for stealing computer passwords to gain free Internet time.  They said it amounted to high-tech crime. As a result, he dropped out of school. The virus was launched the day beforethe college held its graduation ceremonies. At Thursday’s news conference, Mr. de Guzman did not directly say whether he had written the virus, which penetrates recipients’ e-mail systems and sends itself to everyone listed in their electronic address book.He told reporters he was unsure whether he had sent it into cyberspace. He also said that he believes Internet access should be free, since in his view, it functions as an education tool. (SIGNED)


11-May-2000 07:03 AM EDT (11-May-2000 1103 UTC)


Source: Voice of America

The Philippine Law that I’ll apply in this dilemma/issue is Intellectual Property rights and the agency that I’ll implement is Commission on Information & Communication Technology.


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