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PC Virus Infects Computer Systems At KDOT

A PC virus, which robustly proliferated in the U.S. on September 9, 2010, understandably, as well contaminated 55 computers out of a total of 2,600 installed at the KDOT (Kansas Department of Transportation) all through the days to September 9, 2010.

State the reports that the virus spreads through electronic mails using the header "Here You Have" along with a web-link inside them. This link, in case hit, causes the user's PC to become infected with the virus as also it enables the malware to further proliferate to all the e-mail addresses on that user's contact list.

Remarking about this malware, Anthony Schlinsog, Chief Information Officer of KDOT stated that the Department was trying to find out the precise activity of the virus, however, since it was wholly new, their analysis would take a while. Ksdot.org published this on September 9, 2010.

Worryingly, the virus took down the systems at various corporations, including the Independence, Missouri (USA) based Computers & Tele-Comm Inc., as well as the servers installed inside the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) premises on September 9, 2010. Indeed, the servers at a few DHS agencies pertaining to the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) crashed and remained non-functional all through September 9, 2010, reports state.

Nevertheless, U.S. authorities dismissed what was said about the PC virus being responsible for problems on its servers. In fact they stated that both the ICE and DHS agencies were little impacted with the malware. Foxnews.com reported this on September 10, 2010.

Said Spokeswoman for DHS, Amy Kudwa, specialists at Homeland Security were engaged in probing the situation. Besides, the agency which functioned to stop cyber assaults on the government i.e. US-CERT (U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team) had engaged its expertise towards ameliorating the problem affecting agencies and departments along with private companies, she added. Foxnews.com reported this.

Kudwa suggested that it was important to maintain fundamental hygiene and practices of cyber security for individual PCs' and networks' security. According to her, users of the Internet must neither believe uninvited e-mails nor open links in them, as also treat every e-mail with caution.

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