Friday the 3rd: Be ready for Kama Sutra Friday
Kama Sutra (W32/Nyxem-E), a nasty worm that was discovered 2 weeks ago, will be activating its damaging payload tomorrow, on February 3rd. After being executed by the user, the worm copies itself to shared network folders and sends itself to your entire contact list. After this, it stops, and waits for the activation date to be reached. Tomorrow, it will wake up, deactivate your anti-virus and firewall and delete a bunch of files with pre-determined extensions.
Fortunately, W32/Nysem-E has not spread as widely as expected by most security experts. Each infection by the virus was supposed to increment an online counter by 1, and that counter is now indicating that millions of computers are currently infected. LURHQ, a security company, analyzed the logs from the site that is hosting that counter, and determined that the worm has taken root in less computers then the source leads us to think (300000 to 600000 computers)
This may be good news for the IT community, but if you're one of the victims, you probably won't think so.
Check out the analysis from LURHQ right here
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