P. M. BRIEFING : Student's Software Blocks Virus

From Times wire services

A Japanese company today began retailing a computer program written by a high school student that it said makes software immune to viruses.

Eighteen-year-old Koichi Masaoka last month developed the program called "HOSPITAL" jointly with a company of the same name, a company official said. A computer virus is a program that invades other programs either through a floppy disc or a telephone line, and which can destroy data and even entire programs. The software, which monitors programs for virus infections and mishandling by operators, sells for $290.

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