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Computer bug strikes again – Sober.Q, a familiar nemesis, has political message

A persistent computer virus of German origin has flared again, this time dumping torrents of right-wing messages and Web site links into e-mail inboxes worldwide.

One man created most PC viruses – 70% of infections worldwide this year traced to 18-year-old

"Sasser may have taken top spot, but six of the biggest viruses of the last six months were Netsky and Bagle variants," Cluley said. "These caused a continued nuisance for PC users the world over as their authors entered into a very public game of virus writing one-upmanship."

Fake Bin Laden File Harbors Virus

The virus was attached to a message that was posted on over 30,000 Usenet newsgroups and is not being spread via e-mail, said Web security vendor Sophos.

New Bagle worm spreading; source code is revealed – Leading antivirus firms issued alerts about two new variants yesterday

When run, the new Bagle worms display a message box with the title "Error! Can’t find a viewer associated with the file." Like earlier versions of Bagle, the new variants also harvest e-mail addresses from files stored on the computers they infect and have their own Simple Mail Transfer Protocol engines, which they use to send large volumes of infected e-mail messages.

Web attack aims to steal surfers’ financial details -ISPs hosting major online auction and banking sites may have been compromised – Update Possible source server shut down

According to Hypponen, the group has hacked into Web servers of some major Internet service providers that host "huge" Web sites, such as an online auction site and banking sites, to append malicious code to their pages.

Sasser worm could hit hard today 5/3 Experts warned it could spread quickly today as workers returned to the office with infected laptops

Microsoft Corp. issued an unusual weekend security warning Saturday that a worm has been unleashed on the Internet taking advantage of a security hole announced publicly last month (see story). Microsoft once again urged users…

For Windows Users, ‘Browser Hijacking’ Is Only the Latest Threat

"Browser hijacking" is as bad as it gets: Like the Blaster worm, this form of trickery can take over your software silently and invisibly.

New Netsky.B worm spreading on Internet

A new worm called "Netsky.B" emerged on the Internet Wednesday, spreading by mimicking familiar e-mail addresses and enticing users to open file attachments containing malicious software, security experts said. Most computer security companies rated the…

When it comes to Viruses Geeks Put the Unsavvy on Alert: Learn or Log Off

"With some of these viruses that require user action, people have a responsibility to be careful and protect themselves."

Mydoom software worm knocks out SCO website

But the incident nonetheless demonstrated that the world’s top Internet security experts still don’t know how to prevent such attacks.