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. You Windows losers are pathetic. Gee thanks for polluting the internet with more of your virus traffic, no wonder the entire net has been slower the past 24 hours or so…

  2. if the percentage is 77, then why does the text not say three fourths instead of two thirds? why downplay what is going on (c|net did this too)?
    my MW was directly; i had previously had the magic word direct once; so i have progressed from adjectives to adverbs!

  3. big dick:

    That’s typical wintel patcher fanatical BS.

    Yeah, Europeans are all “to (sic) stupid” – that MUST be the reason. (check your grammar with Tiger’s built in dick-tionary, big dick).

    http://macdailynews.com/index.php/weblog/comments/5666/

    Oh wait, you can’t..

    Oh wait…USA education and general knowledge and a lot of other things are NOT actually #1!

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8191.htm

    “The United States is 49th in the world in literacy (the New York Times, Dec. 12, 2004).
    The United States ranked 28th out of 40 countries in mathematical literacy (NYT, Dec. 12, 2004).
    Twenty percent of Americans think the sun orbits the earth. Seventeen percent believe the earth revolves around the sun once a day (The Week, Jan. 7, 2005).
    The International Adult Literacy Survey…found that Americans with less than nine years of education ‘score worse than virtually all of the other countries'” (Jeremy Rifkin’s superbly documented book The European Dream: How Europe’s Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream, p.78).
    “The European Union leads the U.S. in…the number of science and engineering graduates; public research and development (R&D) expenditures; and new capital raised” (The European Dream, p.70).
    “Europe surpassed the United States in the mid-1990s as the largest producer of scientific literature” (The European Dream, p.70).”

    “truth”, as in USA is not #1 in many things that matter.

  4. The USA is most in nuclear weapons. What matters more than that?

    P.S. Don’t piss them off. I live between The USA and Europe and I don’t want to get caught in the fallout.

  5. Yeah, And in 1944 My grandfather fought in europe so you could write on MDN, and not drink coffee in Paris speaking German.

    Yeah, that didnt matter now did it?

  6. Sorry, but I always thought American’s thought the Earth revolved around America, not the sun or whatever.

  7. “Yeah, And in 1944 My grandfather fought in europe so you could write on MDN, and not drink coffee in Paris speaking German.”

    So what does that have to do with YOU? Just because you’re related to him, doesn’t mean crap.

  8. And the Europeans helped the American colonials out so that USA actually exists … the only bit of history that matters …

    MW is police (yes really!), as in … well fill in the blanks …

  9. To our Euro friends …. (and hopefully there are still some )

    Please do not equate the ignorance of a few Americans as representative of our countrys general IQ ….

    Believe me … not all Americans believe as this guy does … contrary to outward apperances, of course

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  10. Happy,

    Now I know why Bush got relected…he’s representative of Americans. Go on yanks make ano ther war movie or allow some more guns in your country so you can kill, kill, kill. Just don’t kill the rest of the world any more.

  11. big dick:

    Only one of your grandfathers? I hope the other didn’t flee to Canada? And I certainly hope your grandmothers served too? That way you should be able to delude yourself into a believing in a subjective, highly personal link to virtually anything and therefore defend almost any opinion you like! Wouldn’t that be a fantastic power rush? I for one, certainly appreciate the freedom Americans enjoy like living in the most obese nation in the world. No such luck here with all of our government meddling and discriminating anti-obesity laws. USA – #1 in obesity! Be proud!

    http://www.malebits.com/article148.html

    Speakign of viruses, sadly, the Americans may have caught the obesity virus..

    http://archives.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/07/28/fat.virus.ap/

    Which might explain a lot of the rampant dementia in the USA…

    http://my.webmd.com/content/article/71/81156.htm

    In any case, you’ll likely forget about all of this.

  12. woo, this is getting off topic. it’s odd, how often i come here to read comments about mac stuff and see political/ethical arguments instead..!

    MDN MW: does, as in “does it matter where you’re from, as long as you’re a mac user?” ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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