The first person to release a virus on the web is probably the actual peroson who made the virus.
With the virus spreading to 5, 10, 100, 1000, 10000, 100000...
It would be vey difficult to trace it back throught all those email addresses.
Most people who reicieve a virus have AV protection, so its not really a problem. The people who do no have AV wil not know of the virus and they are the people who will spread a virus...Are they to blame? No. Although they could help themsleves and others by getting a AV protection.
Thank you DieSse and Powerless for your help, I agree that most viruses are passed on by those who do not have adiquate AV protection and that it would be wrong to prosicute an "innocent" third party. I had not considered contacting my ISP, stupid of me really, thanks again.
If you want to contact the correct department of the Police, you need the National Hi-Tech Crime unit click here for the web page, although it doesn't fill you with confidence as the background info page says they "became operational in April this year" clearly this hasn't been updated for some time, the unit was formed April 2001.
It is pointless burdening the police as nearly every virus is spread, unwittingly, by third parties. The writer will have protected his or her identity well and you will not be the first recipient of the virus. The police have more than enough to do. the question should have read..'Is there an organisation in the UK who can take criminal action against those who maliciously WRITE computer viruses?'
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