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A 15-old-youth who tried to infect his school's IT network with 256 viruses is now allegedly making claims that he wrote the "Love Bug".

Bruce Summers, the IT officer at Hathershaw Community High School, said the boy is bragging to school mates that he was the creator of the Love Bug virus.

However, the authorities would be wise not to ditch the investigation in the Philippines and hotfoot it to Oldham just yet.

Apparently, the lad in question in not top of the IT class.

Summers told the Telegraph: "If someone wants to head-hunt him, they'll be very disappointed. The firewall did its work so well that he didn't even have time to unleash the viruses on to the system."

The kid in question tried to upload the viruses on April 10, but was snared by the school's firewall and network security system.

As punishment, he was barred from using the school's Net connections. Hacked off at this digital exclusion the lad then took his story to the Oldham Advertiser, where he claimed he had beaten the school's security system.

In a prepared statement, head teacher Clive Edney said: "The student in question has previously misused computers and the network and has received numerous warnings." ®

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