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Nyxem worm spreading quickly

Posted by Xavier Ashe on January 25, 2006

The web counter used by the Nyxem worm now shows over 510,000 infections and keeps rising.

Our internal reporting system shows a steady stream of Nyxems being reported from all over the world, from USA to Australia.

If
the worm keeps this pace, Friday the 3rd of February might be nasty –
that's when the destructive payload is programmed to strike for the
first time.

From Kasperky:

We've just issued an alert for Nyxem.e,
due to the number of reports we've been receiving for the past few days
but also because of its destructive payload which activates on 3rd of
every month.

According to our data, the outbreak seems to be more
or less localized. We are still receiving reports from countries such
as the US and Germany, but the number of reports from (eg.) Russia is
becoming very small.

With the public Nyxem.e counter having well
passed 1,000,000 hits at the moment, there is no doubt that some people
will have unpleasant surprises on 3rd of February. If you do not have
an antivirus installed, you can use the Kaspersky free online scanner to check for a Nyxem.e infection before it's too late.

Sunbelt Blog does a good job of telling us why Nyxen is so bad.


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