People who write and release computer viruses are terrorists. The threat which has been widely reported as likely to hit today has caused extraordinary heartache in small businesses even if it only ever is a threat as opposed to actually damaging. The news about the threat has caused people to jump at shadows all day and I am sure that small business software companies around the country have wasted time like we have rescuing people from the shadows. The economic cost of viruses demands that those responsible are jailed for a long time.

Those most at risk from a computer virus are the most vulnerable – individuals and small business. That they are at the coalface of suffering at the hands of these terrorists is appalling. I’d like to see government action so their suffering is not in vain. Tougher legislation, stronger public statements of virus attacks and assistance for businesses attacked.

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