Microsoft Windows Sober.P worm shows ‘epidemic’ spread; Macintosh unaffected

“The latest Sober worm has spread rapidly in the past 24 hours and now makes up two-thirds of virus traffic on the Internet, according to security experts,” Dawn Kawamoto reports for CNET News.

“Sober.P, first detected on Monday, now accounts for 77 percent of all viruses detected by Sophos’s threat-monitoring stations worldwide, the British security company said Tuesday. At the same time, Kaspersky Lab, a Russian maker of antivirus software designed to combat such threats, described the worm’s spread in Western Europe as an ‘epidemic,'” Kawamoto reports.

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Systems affected: Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP.

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40 Comments

  1. it’s not spreading fast enough, not affecting enough computers yet.
    who wrote this damn thing? can’t you make it work faster and hit more PCs simultaneously?

  2. “it’s not spreading fast enough, not affecting enough computers yet.
    who wrote this damn thing? can’t you make it work faster and hit more PCs simultaneously?”

    Well, they are working with PCs……

  3. Who’s laughing now, Gatesy? There goes another bit of your market share, you schlockmeister. Apple Retail Stores are open late and Apple.com takes orders 25/7/365 – free yourself today!

  4. B-Sabre:

    hilarious!! how absolutely, absolutely true. they are already slowed down by previous viruses, bugs, spyware, etc., and mostly poorly configured, so even viruses spread slowly. hey, that’s a new deterrent, maybe the only deterrent for windowz – make you computer so slow it cannot transmit viruses as quickly….

  5. What’s a virus?
    I wanted to see what all the fuss was about so I tried opening my “Free Ticket” email, but my stupid G5 can’t open the attachment.
    I even upgraded to Tiger to see if I won and still nothing.

    I hate Mac…

  6. “Systems affected: Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP.”

    And why the very same piece of C/C++ code is able to infect all the above systems? Because they for the most share LOTS of code. What really changes is the eye-candy on your screen but the same flaw and design crap that is targeted by Sober on Windows 95 is on Windows XP.

    Evolution?? GIMME A BREAK!

    Microsoft Windows, the most successful scam in IT ever.

  7. You guys are all so funny! I like the Bill Gates quote from iPodder, teh B-Sabre comment about using PCs, and the quote from bad news bear about hating Mac because he/she can’t seem to run this darn Free Ticket. In addition to having the intelligence to choose the best OS as opposed to choosing the one that all the other sheep are running, you also have a good sense of humor!

  8. Jimbo,
    Can you tell me if I’ve won?
    Does anyone here have a PC I can send this attachment to? I’ll give you one of the tickets if I win!!
    So will I have to upgrade my Tiger to Longhorn in order to open this thing?

  9. This is typical Apple fanatical BS. Yeah, Sober.P is a REAL threat to our systems…

    Oh wait…It got the lowest rating.

    Hmm, no wonder its spreading through europe. These people are to stupid to a)patch a system b)Turn on firewalls and filters.

    Pathetic.

    (mw) English

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