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. “We bailed out Europe in WW1 & 2” so they owe us.

    “We (the French mind you) helped you out during your Revolution” you owe us.

    Lets just say we are even. Besides, We do much better working together than this bickering crap.

  2. What happens if you put a switch on the computer, so you can turn OFF THE DISK DRIVE. Drive not moving-virus not possible. Anyone? Costs 2 cents to put the switch in.

  3. The only reason the French helped us out in the Revolution is because they were perpetually in either a Cold or Hot war with the British over who would control North America and various other continents, and they believed that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

    No doubt, someone will counter with: “Oh yeah, well the US did it, too”, or something like that. Heard that before.

    Thanks, though, for the Statue of Liberty and mayonaisse. No, I really can’t spell mayonaisse, but it does not really bother me.

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

    The war started in 1939, what took you so long to get there? American maps? Or were you waiting for the Nazis to finish off the commies? Always with the commies, you guys.

    It’s sad that you think Ronny and his neocons killed the USSR, when in fact the USSR collapsed because there was no middle-class to pay the bills. Oh well, your glorious M$ has replaced the warped need for a monopoly – only it’s a capitalist one. And it’s being promoted by a group of rich jerks bent on destroying the middle-class in your country.

  5. So does this mean that Windows version 3.1 is immune to the virus?

    Hey, I think this could be a good thing! Gates could re-release v3.1 as Windows Classic and all users would then be Virus free! Of course there would be that pesky issue of not having access to the internet, email, web browsing, graphics, USB, 802.11, ethernet, plug-n’-play, etc., etc., etc….

    MW thus, as in Thus, shall ye be doomed to an inferior OS

  6. >Big Dick
    Sorry your grandad died in the war. Half the family of my grandma died in the war and the other hald was saved by the Sowjets. Should I now still be grateful them? In fact, nobody in Europe would be talking german today (except the germans, austrians and some swiss people) if the americans would have stayed at home, we would probably be talking russian – which is the main reason, why the US entered war: Out of pure self-interest, to keep its influence. The US are famous for sending their soldiers dying to keep their political influence in teh world, be it in Europe, Korea, Vietnam or Iraq. Blame your presidents but don’t expect us today to still be grateful for your help. I am not grateful either for the austrians for having repelled the ottomans from Europe some hundred years ago. Or are you?

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

    Yeah, for a virus to have success in the US, it probably has to use porn as a carrier ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”hmmm” style=”border:0;” />

  7. big dick.. you mentioning your grandfather on an internet message board about windows/mac… what a disgrace

    do the math, most people on this board have grandfathers and great grandfathers that served in the military.

  8. This US/Euro thing is getting really pathetic. No, scratch that, it’s beyond pathetic.

    An adult is supposed to be more than a child with a bank account.

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