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Sobig virus wreaks e-mail havoc - Sobig virus wreaks e-mail havoc
Mon, April 19 2004 | 10:23PM | PermaLink Feedback?
The web seems to have caught out a lot of people in China. About 30% of China's net users, about 20 million people, have been infected by the virus according to figures collected by Chinese security firm Beijing Rising Technology Shareholding Co.
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The company put an unprotected PC on the net which was flooded with 5,000 Sobig messages within three hours. "We haven't seen anything spread so fast," said a spokeswoman for Rising Technology. "It could get worse because there's very limited awareness of viruses and preventive measures." Others suffered the effects of the virus too. E-mail servers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were congested by the amount of messages Sobig created and defence firm Lockheed Martin said that although less than 1% of its PCs were infected this still caused disruption on its network. Air Canada cancelled flights on Tuesday because its internal network was overwhelmed by the Nachi worm
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