The infamous Love Bug virus was identified by MessageLabs, a spin-off company from Star Technology, founded in 1995 by brothers Ben and Jos White as a business-only internet service provider. Users of MessageLabs’ anti-virus technology include Lloyds TSB, Rentokil and the British government. Sales at Star Technology have increased 150% a year from £2.7m in 1999 to £16.7m in 2001. Star Technology Group, the Gloucester holding company, now has 275 staff worldwide and says it became profitable last December.
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