This old-school "trash your Windows PC" worm has infected an estimated 600,000 machines, with the US, India and Peru having the greatest number of infected machines, Security Focus reports. One US firm alone is responsible for around 75,000 infection hits, according to an analysis by security firm LURHQ.
The thought behind Nyxem does seem somewhat strange Ė we have come to expect malware writers to turn their hand to writing code that somehow has a real world benefit to its creators, such as sending spam (which earns them money), or joining the infected machine to a botnet (which lets them do denial of service attacks against websites, etc). This malware, however, harks back to the old days, where code was designed to trash your machine for basically no good reason other than sheer spite. With Nyxem, spite, it seems, is back in style.