February 1, 2006 12:19 PM PST

Kama Sutra suffering starts early for some

The Kama Sutra virus has started wiping crucial files from some infected PCs several days earlier than expected.

The worm, also known as Nyxem.E, MyWife and Blackworm, is programmed to delete Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe PDF files on Feb. 3, meaning people should still have about two days to clean up compromised systems. But F-Secure said Tuesday that because the clock time on their PC was wrong, some people had lost important files soon after their systems became infected.

"If you're infected and your clock is not set right, things could start to happen at any time, even though the official activation time is Feb. 3. We've already received first reports from users who've had files on their system overwritten by the worm," Mikko Hypponen, F-Secure's antivirus research director, warned in a blog posting.

All the major antivirus vendors have released patches for the worm, but F-Secure estimated that thousands of PCs have been compromised. The bulk of these machines are thought to be located in India, Turkey and Peru.

Security vendor IronPort has said that companies worldwide could be hit by a traffic spike Friday, as the virus will mail copies of itself to contacts in a user's address book.

Graeme Wearden of ZDNet UK reported from London.

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Does this affect Macs?
Made you look... :)
Posted by NeverFade (402 comments )
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Dont underestimate your Mac computer
Sheild thyself the end is not here yet ?
Posted by CARIBE49 (11 comments )
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It's true...
...don't underestimate your Mac. But don't overestimate it, either.
Running anti-virus (I like ClamX AV, and you can't beat the price) is
still a good way to make sure you don't forward infected mailings
and files to your Windows-using brethern.
Posted by Geoffrey Sperl (18 comments )
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YES IT DOES, PLEASE READ!!
It absolutely DOES effect MAC and Apple Computers...

IN TERMS OF INCREASED SALES!
Posted by KLPNYC (8 comments )
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Does this affect Macs?
Made you look... :)
Posted by NeverFade (402 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Dont underestimate your Mac computer
Sheild thyself the end is not here yet ?
Posted by CARIBE49 (11 comments )
Link Flag
It's true...
...don't underestimate your Mac. But don't overestimate it, either.
Running anti-virus (I like ClamX AV, and you can't beat the price) is
still a good way to make sure you don't forward infected mailings
and files to your Windows-using brethern.
Posted by Geoffrey Sperl (18 comments )
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YES IT DOES, PLEASE READ!!
It absolutely DOES effect MAC and Apple Computers...

IN TERMS OF INCREASED SALES!
Posted by KLPNYC (8 comments )
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call for MS update BOYCOTT
If there was a huge boycott of the MS update site essentially ignoring MS updates that would mean Microsoft would have to get it right the first time, or take the heat, or change thier tact in getting updates out ASAP.
Posted by maedata (2 comments )
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call for MS update BOYCOTT
If there was a huge boycott of the MS update site essentially ignoring MS updates that would mean Microsoft would have to get it right the first time, or take the heat, or change thier tact in getting updates out ASAP.
Posted by maedata (2 comments )
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