The latest attack on personal computers, ipads, mail servers, centralize servers both locally and offshore may seemed to be by far, the fastest ignited computer virus in history. The purpose of this latest attack has not yet been determined but experts are speculating it may be related to hackers seeking to have access to propiertary data. Cyber Security officials have been alert and are doing all their best to avoid any mal attacks. Precautions are said to be put in place by anti-virus systems to further protect cyber and spies issues in the future.
Worldwide systems were bucked after the ‘Sobig’ spread to 234 countries in just 48 hours, generating tens of millions of e-mails.
Experts fear it could increase the volume of electronic traffic by a staggering 60 percent, slowing the internet to a crawl.
It is believe to have cost businesses alone hundreds of millions in lost orders and system crashes. The global cost will be immense.
Individual companies have been bombarded with millions of copies of the virus, while home users have seen their machines “jammed” for periods of intervals repeatedly. The number of incident is not yet dertemine but we are expecting millions of computers where hit.
PC World chain said tens of thousands of customers had brought in computers to be “cleaned” by technicians.
Experts say Sobig appears to have been written by senders of “spam” – unwanted junk e-mail – trying to find ways past internet firewalls and filters which may have block their messages.
This latest virus sends multiple copies of itself to every name in a person’s address book – so each infected machine can spawn hundreds of e-mails.
Sobig also tries to implant a background program which turns computers into a relay for any messages sent by the virus’s creators – greatly increasing their earnings.
Experts advise users to keep anti-virus software up to date, never open an e-mail attachment unless they know what it is and delete uninvited e-mail – particularly from an unknown sender.
Mr. Curley said even e-mails which seem to come from friends or colleagues should be treated with caution.
For anyone whose computer has been infected, your best bet is to link to websites of popular internet security companies such as Symantec, Norton, Avast, Secure, Sophos, Message Labs or McAfee. Fixes programs are also available from Microsoft.