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'Friday 13th' Virus Fells Computers

January 13, 1989

LONDON — 'Friday the 13th" computer virus struck personal computers in Britain today, wiping out program files and annoying businesses.

Hundreds of personal computer users found the virus was programmed to delete files on Friday the 13th, said Alan Solomon, managing director of S & S Enterprises, a data recovery center in Chesham. The virus, which might be a new species, has been slowing down computers made by IBM and compatible models, Solomon said. Telephone lines to the center were busy with calls for help from businesses and individuals whose computers were struck by the virus, he said. "It has been frisky and hundreds of people, including a large firm with over 400 computers, have telephoned with their problems," he said.

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