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Malwarlaria virus (April Fool story)

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SC Magazine reporter David Quainton filed a story titled "Lethal computer virus spreads in humans" on April Fool's Day 2005. "First discovered in the Far East in early 2004 Malwarlaria.A spread in cats and other whiskered creatures as they walked across the keyboards of infected PCs. Infected animals showed flu-like symptoms, slight hair-loss and the appearance of some darkened patches of skin, giving rise to Malwarlaria's other name, the 'Gorbachev virus.' The mutated version, Malwarlaria.B, causes a similar reaction in humans..."

News.com associate editor Leslie Katz later filed a story titled "PC virus makes humans feverish" where she pointed out the SC Magazine magazine story. Katz's last paragraph all but admits the story is an April Fool joke.

Last updated: 2005/4/1