The infamous Love Bug virus was identified by MessageLabs, part of Star Technology Group. Star was founded in 1995 by brothers Ben and Jos White as a business-only internet service provider. MessageLabs’ anti-virus technology now protects Lloyds TSB, Bank of New York, and 220,000 British government users. This year Star Technology opened offices in New York, Australia and continental Europe, and staff numbers have risen from 276 last year to about 500. Sales have grown 112% a year from £6.6m in 2000 to £29.5m in 2002.
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