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'Zero Day' Virus Cripples Windows Operated PCs Worldwide

Last week, a newfound, malware has contaminated infinite Windows operated PCs worldwide, including the Brazos Valley, leaving behind a trail of sluggish and, sometimes, totally infected systems.

The College Station based AgniTEK Technology Solutions' account manager, David Gerlak stated, "The organization has witnessed a deluge of calls from clients infected by the "Zero Day" malware. The constant flow of calls started arriving a week back" as, per reports by Theeagle in the April 5, 2007 edition.

Gerlak appended that the virus traveled online; hitching itself to the Microsoft Windows animated cursor files, thereby drastically slackening the computer's working speed or disabling it.

On April 3, 2007, Microsoft hurried to issue a security download to mend the trouble but meanwhile cyber-terrorists had already taken advantage of the security fault on PCs worldwide, Microsoft officials asserted in a statement released on April 5, 2007 by Theeagle.

Cybertrust's senior information security analyst, Russ Cooper stated, "Security authorities have for years been urging organizations to segregate gif, JPEG, WMV and practically all useless attachments from incoming and outgoing e-mails. While resolving which attachments are to be permitted and which refused, it's wrong to suppose that only some attachments contain malevolent program.

"Never be deceived by it's harmless looks", Cooper alleged. Moreover, there was a time when gif and JPEG attachments were both regarded as benign until cyber-terrorists began concealing malware in them. "Rather, analyze your business requirements", he stated in Arnnet's report dated April 4, 2007.

Gerlak maintained, "This attack occurs continually, via one or the other type of malware. Safeguarding against bugs is a continuous struggle that every cybernaut should recognize. Once real users have cutting-edge security shields downloaded on to their PCs, they can protect their computers from most fatal malware or spyware", as issued by Theeagle's April 5, 2007 edition.

Gerlak appended that a security update for the new virus had been issued. Though, if your PC is already infected it will probably be examined and then taken to an expert who can attempt to eliminate the virus from the PC - a challenging and expensive job.

Related article: “Loopholes did not cause online banking thefts”: ICBC

» SPAMfighter News - 16-04-2007

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