Lloyd's feared the Anna Kournikova computer bug was too much of a temptation for some of the more hot-blooded men in its underwriting room.

Worried that the tennis star-named virus might have brought its systems grinding to a halt, Lloyd's ordered the plug to be pulled on its email system.

It took the same action over the Love Bug virus to stop it spreading.

For part of one afternoon, Lloyd's was effectively unable to communicate electronically with outside underwriting syndicates.

It must have seemed to some older hands that Lloyd's had returned to its traditional ways of working, at least for a few hours.