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'Storm' Worm Hits Computers Around the Globe on Friday

Reuters News Wire (
Fri, 19 Jan 2007 16:40:28 -0600

Computer virus writers attacked thousands of computers on Friday using
an unusually topical email citing raging European storms, a security
company said.

The virus, which the company named "Storm Worm," was emailed to
hundreds of thousands of addresses globally with the subject line "230
dead as storm batters Europe."

An attached file contained so-called malware that can infiltrate
computer systems.

"What makes this exceptional is the timely nature of the attack,"
Mikko Hypponen, head of research at Finnish data security firm
F-Secure (FSC1V.HE), told Reuters.

Hypponen said thousands of computers, most in private use, had been

He said most users would not notice the malware, or trojan, which
creates a back door to the computer that can be exploited later to
steal data or to use the computer to post spam.

Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited.

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