Half-million PCs infected by e-mail virus

Posted on January 28, 2006 

Half-million PCs infected by e-mail virus

A mass-mailing computer virus that is coded to delete files on February 3 may have spread to more than 500,000 servers, if evidence from a Web counter can be trusted.

Known as the Blackmal.E or Nyxem.E virus, the program travels as an attachment to e-mail messages with suggestive subject lines such as “School girl fantasies gone bad” and “Re: Sex Video”. The virus will completely compromise systems whose users open the attachment, attempting to disable security software and making extensive changes to the registry.


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