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MyDoom virus spells double trouble

roundup Microsoft takes only a small hit from a MyDoom variant, days after the first strain walloped SCO. Security experts say more work is needed to defend corporate networks.

Microsoft remains largely unaffected by a MyDoom variant, days after the first strain walloped SCO. Meanwhile, security experts say the success of the virus shows that more work is needed to defend corporate networks.

Microsoft shrugs off MyDoom attack

The start of a data flood by PCs infected with the MyDoom.B virus has had little impact on the software giant's Web site, say Internet watchers.
February 3, 2004

Virus underscores network inefficiencies

Security experts point to the success of MyDoom as an indicator that more work is needed to defend corporate networks.
February 3, 2004

Clues point to single culprit

Hints left by the author of MyDoom link it to the second versions of the virus and include an apology to victims for writing the program, says a security researcher.
February 2, 2004

MyDoom downs SCO site

update The virus knocks out SCO Group's Web site Sunday, forcing the company on Monday to direct visitors to a new address. The company expects the onslaught to continue until Feb. 12.
February 2, 2004

SCO braces for MyDoom onslaught

Faced with a massive denial-of-service attack timed to go off this weekend, the controversial claimant to Linux code is preparing its defenses.
January 30, 2004

Microsoft offers reward for MyDoom.B leads

The software giant posts its third award for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for releasing a virus--this time, $250,000 for the perpetrator of MyDoom.B.
January 29, 2004

MyDoom virus declared worst ever

The e-mail virus is only a few days old and still growing, but at least one security firm is ready to crown it as the worst in history.
January 29, 2004

MyDoom variant targets Microsoft

A new version of the mass-mailing virus hits the Net, aiming data attacks at Microsoft's Web site and interfering with an infected PC's ability to access downloadable security-software updates.
January 28, 2004

U.S. creates cyberalert system

update The Department of Homeland Security announces an e-mail alert system aimed at informing two groups of citizens--technical experts and the average home user--of potential online threats.
January 28, 2004

Antivirus feature creates a burden

Security experts urge administrators to turn off a feature in antivirus applications that automatically replies to senders, informing them that they've been infected.
January 28, 2004

SCO issues bounty for MyDoom creator

The company hopes that the $250,000 reward will lead to the person or group responsible for targeting its Web site with a denial-of-service attack scheduled to start Feb. 1.
January 27, 2004

Gloomy forecast for MyDoom fallout

The virulent program ranks as the Net's fastest-spreading virus, but security firms warn that the code left behind on PCs could cause more chaos than the initial infection.
January 27, 2004

New virus infects PCs, whacks SCO

A mass-mailing virus that has quickly spread around the Internet uses victims' computers to launch a massive denial-of-service attack on the controversial SCO Group.
January 26, 2004