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Viruses alive and spreading

The Melissa strain spreads, a bug starts a spat, and a Linux worm squirms during this week of ill will.

 

  latest developments 

The Melissa strain spreads, a bug starts a spat, and a Linux worm squirms during this week of ill will.

"The virus was very scary, and we felt we had to get information out immediately."

- Donna Rogers, chief marketing officer for Panda Software in the United States

 


Melissa variant spreads as Mac document
Computer virus experts say a new variant of the Melissa virus is spreading, this time in the guise of a Macintosh-formatted Microsoft Office document.

Real-life bug the germ of ill will in antivirus industry
A real-life virus may be infecting relations between companies that fight computer bugs.

Internet worm squirms into Linux servers
update An Internet worm cobbled together from generally available hacking tools could swamp infected portions of the Net with its high-bandwidth searches for vulnerable servers, according to researchers.

previous coverage
Hybris virus: A sleeper hit?
Hybris, a computer worm that uses encrypted plug-ins to update itself, could be the sleeper hit of 2001, anti-virus experts say.

E-mail viruses alive and kicking in December
For some, this past holiday season delivered malfeasant greetings and a sickly server.

Antivirus firm says Shockwave virus spreading quickly
update An e-mail computer virus that comes concealed as a Net movie hit several U.S.-based companies, leading at least one antivirus company to upgrade its threat assessment from "medium" to "high" risk.