“At least the virus is not is one’s animal,” said Ruby.
“Yes,” replied Rabbi Dayan with a laugh. “That would require a live virus! Either way, it should fall under one of other three categories.”
“All this applies, though, to a virus that someone infected another person’s computer with or one that self-opens,” concluded Rabbi Dayan. “However, usually the recipient has to open the virus attachment to activate it. This additional factor makes it difficult to rule a legal liability but requires a separate discussion.”
(IY”H, we’ll have that discussion next week.)
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