Latest Windows virus ‘MyDoom’ sets new infection records worldwide; Macintosh unaffected

“A new computer virus that spreads using e-mail messages is breaking records for new infections that were set by the last major e-mail worm, Sobig.F, according to leading antivirus software companies and e-mail security firms,” Paul Roberts reports for ComputerWorld.

[The virus infects Windows machines, Macintosh computers are unaffected (although ‘Net traffic and email slowdowns affect every computer user online).]

“Infected e-mail messages carrying the Mydoom virus, also known as Shimgapi and Novarg, have been intercepted from over 142 countries and now account for one in every 12 e-mail messages, according to Mark Sunner, chief technology officer at e-mail security company MessageLabs Ltd.,” Roberts reports. “That surpasses the record set by the Sobig.F virus, which appeared last August and, at its peak, was found in one of every 17 messages intercepted by MessageLabs, he said.”

“Since first detecting the new virus at 1 p.m. GMT yesterday, MessageLabs has intercepted almost 1 million infected e-mail messages carrying the virus, Sunner said. The virus has “followed the sun,” hitting hard in the U.S. and Canada late yesterday, then working its way through Asia and Europe today, he said,’ Roberts reports. “F-Secure Corp. in Helsinki estimates that about 100,000 computers have been infected with Mydoom so far, said Mikko Hypponen, manager of antivirus research at F-Secure.”

Full article here.

46 Comments

  1. To MATTHEW SMITH

    Please show respect Matthew; SIR “Bill Gates tells everybody that Windows” etc ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  2. “Mydoom infects computers that run Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating systems, though other computers were affected by network slowdowns and a flood of bogus messages. Unlike other recent attacks, it does not appear to exploit any Windows security flaw.

    Besides sending out tainted e-mail, the program appears to open up a backdoor so hackers can take over the computer later. The worm also tries to spread through the Kazaa file-sharing network.”

    And how exactly does this NOT exploit Windows flaws?? Are these people imbeciles or what? It’s beginning to look like the same people who are PRing the Mad Cow thing are doing this too.

  3. “Unlike other recent attacks, it does not appear to exploit any Windows security flaw.

    Besides sending out tainted e-mail, the program appears to open up a backdoor so hackers can take over the computer later.”

    Yeah right, like this stuff can be easily done on any other OS with the same lack of programming effort.

  4. “Well. Windows users are really masoquist, they keep wasting Billions$$ of
    dollars, i like they are hipnotized into trusting everything from Redmond is the best. Yeah right!
    What could you say about Micro$oft Lemmings. They dont know how or when to quit. Want proof?
    Check this out! http://www.overclockers.com/tips1133/

    Rest my case!”

    I really cannot believe anyone would have such little appreciation of money that he would do this. He has essentially taken a $3000 present from his parents (who probably worked hard for that amount) and made it worthless. I hope they find out, cut him off, and he ends up living on the streets so that he can find out just what a stupid moron he really is.

    Sad, spoilt little brat.

  5. You have been getting them Joe. I’ve just been deleting them from your Inbox via the trojan I installed on your PC last month ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

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