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New Melissa Outbreak Failed to Surprise Initial Users Of F-Secure's New Early Warning System

Jan. 23, 2001, F-Secure Corporation (HEX:FSC), a leading
developer of centrally managed security solutions for the mobile,
distributed enterprise, today announced an instant alert system that
delivers critical and instant security notifications irrespective of
location. F-Secure Radar will broadcast alerts about viruses, denial of
service attacks, and other critical security issues to a wide variety of
devices, including mobile phones, PDAs, and pagers, ensuring message
delivery when it is most crucial.

The service proved its worth to testers and pre-release customers last
who were among the world's first computer users to be warned of the
Melissa.W worm.

"Time is of the essence when notifying key individuals of critical
incidents, like virus alerts and denial of service attacks. During past
major virus outbreaks, like Melissa and LoveLetter, hours often meant the
difference in saving millions in recovery costs and/or revenues," said
Siilasmaa, President and CEO of F-Secure Corporation. "In cases like
response needs to be immediate. Furthermore, alerts need to be prioritized
and easy to understand.With F-Secure Radar, our world renowned data
experts make sure that the most critical security alerts get delivered

Christian Christiansen, Vice President of Internet Infrastructure and
Security Software at International Data Corporation (IDC) said, "F-Secure
Radar is filling an important niche in the security market space at a
reasonable cost. Behind F-Secure Radar is an expert threat analysis team
that gives customers the confidence that they will be among the first to
know about, and resolve, issues posed by viruses and other forms of

F-Secure Radar provides a flexible, scalable and reliable means of
communicating critical security information 24x7 to all that need to
have up-to-date information.

As reported last week, after January 17, 2001, F-Secure started receiving
reports about a new version of Melissa, this time spreading in a file
Anniv.doc. By January 19, F-Secure had received dozens of infection
from various parts of the world, with the rate of infections increasing. A
statement from F-Secure said at that time that "It now appears that this
virus could become very widespread rapidly."

For more information, refer to F-Secure's Website at:

There, for $200.00, users can
up for a year's subscription to F-Secure Radar, prioritize the security
alerts they wish to receive, and choose which devices (pager, cell phone,
fax, email, telephone, and SMS) they wish to receive those text and audio

F-Secure UK contact:

Jason Holloway,

01223 257747

Press contact: Craig Coward, 01625 511966

About F-Secure Corporation

F-Secure Corporation is a leading developer of centrally managed security
solutions for the mobile, distributed enterprise. The company offers a
range of award-winning integrated anti-virus, file encryption, distributed
firewall and VPN solutions. F-Secure products and the underlying policy
management framework enable corporate IT departments as well as service
providers to deliver Security as a Service(tm). For the end-user, Security
as a Service is invisible, automatic, reliable, always on, and up-to-date.
For the administrator, Security as a Service means policy-based
instant alerts, and centralized management of a widely distributed user

Founded in 1988, F-Secure is listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange [HEX:
FSC]. The company is headquartered in Espoo, Finland with North American
headquarters in San Jose, California, as well as offices in Canada, China
(Hong Kong and Beijing), France, Germany, Japan, Sweden and the United
Kingdom. F-Secure is supported by a network of VARs and Distributors in
90 countries around the globe.

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(+44) 1625 511966 / 511967 (fax)

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