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Online Virus Progenitor Gets 18 Months

The Black Baron is going to jail. Christopher Pile, a 26-year-old Briton who calls himself the Black Baron has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for creating and distributing computer viruses online.

Pile's crime comes under England's 1990 Computer Misuse Act. Pile is the creator of SMEG, a mutation engine that encrypts viruses, allowing them to change each time they infect a new host. The viruses Pathogen and Queeg were also created by Pile.