November 15, 2001 |
In a perfectly normal and rational world, an epidemic that costs global computer users an average of $10 billion a year might be considered something of a crisis. But because this is a world in which nearly every computer is controlled by Microsoft operating systems and programs, we muddle along--aware of the chaos but unwilling to do anything to remedy the situation. The cause of this mayhem is virus attacks, which cripple computers and the networks that support them, sometimes for days on end.
March 7, 2001 |
A new e-mail virus that promises an eyeful to Internet users but instead cripples Microsoft Windows swept through companies worldwide Tuesday, but anti-virus software companies offered cures on their Web sites by the afternoon. Dozens of companies reported infections by the virus, dubbed "Naked Wife" for the salacious lure it uses to hook unsuspecting users. This destructive worm appears as a forwarded e-mail with "Naked Wife" in the Subject line.
February 2, 2001 |
A leading maker of anti-virus software Thursday reported a resurgence of a password-stealing computer virus affecting users of America Online--a claim disputed not only by AOL but also by some independent Internet security experts. McAfee.com, which sells computer security and anti-virus software, issued a news alert and reported on its Web site that more than 72 million computer files and as many as several million personal computers have been hit with the virus--known as APStrojan.
June 20, 2000 |
A new computer virus, which looks like a harmless text file, has caused shutdowns of the e-mail systems at four Fortune 100 companies, antivirus experts said Monday. The virus does no harm to computer files, but similar to May's "Love Bug" virus, simply multiplies by sending itself out to everyone listed in the infected computer's address book. While users are warned about VisualBasic attachments, which appear with ".
May 27, 2000 |
A new and dangerous computer virus is spreading through e-mail systems using Microsoft Outlook, the FBI said Friday night. Anti-virus industry sources were reporting that a number of corporate e-mail systems had already been infected, and some shut down, the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center said. The virus is carried in e-mail with the subject "Resume--Janet Simons" and once opened, spreads itself to everyone in a user's e-mail address book.
May 12, 2000 |
Nervously facing a phalanx of cameras, a Filipino computer student acknowledged Thursday that he may have accidentally unleashed the "Love Bug" virus in what he called an act of "youthful exuberance." But he refused to say whether he actually wrote the electronic contagion that crippled millions of computers around the world.
May 9, 2000 |
Following a digital trail that experts said was strewn with clues, authorities in the Philippines on Monday arrested one man and named his girlfriend as the suspected authors of the "ILoveYou" computer virus. The swiftness with which the FBI and other authorities identified suspects reflects the ease with which some computer crimes can be traced despite--and partly because of--the complexity of the systems on which they are committed.
May 9, 2000
Philippine authorities arrested a 27-year-old man in Manila, saying a digital trail littered with clues points to him and his girlfriend as the primary suspects in the creation of the "ILoveYou" computer virus. C1