Nyxem worm already started trashing files

By Derek Sooman on February 2, 2006, 12:50 PM
Recently, we reported that the Nyxem worm was due to start doing its foul work on February 3, deleting a variety of important files including word documents and PDFs. Already reports are emerging of the malware beginning to do its stuff, thrashing files on infected machines with incorrectly set system clocks. Also known as the "Kama Sutra worm", Nyxem has already caused enough chaos such that anti-virus firm F-Secure says it has already received two reports from users who've had files on their system overwritten by the worm. The worm overwrites DOC, XLS, MDB, MDE, PPT, PPS, ZIP, RAR, PDF, PSD and DMP files on all mounted drives, so you donít have to use much imagination to work out how devastating it could be to fall victim to this worm.

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.

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Need_a_Dell said:
This is a scary little virus! I'm actually running a full system scan as I write this. (So far so good BTW!) I'm not quite sure why it is that some people feel the need to release a virus ro worm such as this that serves no real purpose other than to search and destroy. It's mindless things like this that prevent people from having faith in humanity. The internet is a great place to do whatever you want, but it shouldn't be taken advantage of. Using the internet to destroy people's personal property is dispicable, and I hope that the person who created this little beast is found. (He is going to be in a LOT of trouble!)
mentaljedi said:
This is basically... terrorism. Except in the cyberworld. So instead of Bush leading our troops to their deaths, we will send Microsoft and Symantic to create even more flaws for us. I mean really! This is just as pointless as everything else going on. Why just randomly destroy stuff? Don't raget innocent people. I mean, i wouldn't be so bothered if it was lets say an attack on Microsoft, that would show that the maker of the virus hated Microsoft. But to destroy anything? Sounds like a terrorist to me...
nathanskywalker said:
Nice. That sucks for those who manage to catch this virus. As for terrorrism, no one is being killed. Yes this is stupid, but if you can even insinuate that this is even minutely resembles the "war on terror", you have indeed have little comprehension of what is really going on in the world.
JMMD said:
Wow, this is going to be really scary. I hope I don't know anyone who gets hit."One US firm alone is responsible for around 75,000 infection hits". Someone needs to educate their employees and maybe the IT dept.
MonkeyMan said:
I just knew sooner or later this virus would rear its ugly head somehow. Everyone be sure to have your PC updated!!!!
pikaj00 said:
[b]Originally posted by nathanskywalker:[/b][quote]Nice. That sucks for those who manage to catch this virus. As for terrorrism, no one is being killed. Yes this is stupid, but if you can even insinuate that this is even minutely resembles the "war on terror", you have indeed have little comprehension of what is really going on in the world.[/quote]obviously wasnt around the cyber world in the mid to late 90's either.... was quite commonplace back then and nobody called it "cyberterrorism". its only called cyberterrorism now because thanks to bush everyone is paranoid about everything that happens and thinks the patriot act pertains to EVERYTHING that happens in this world :/.
gamingmage said:
Wow, this is some real stuff...there used to be viruses that would make your whole page meltdown then it'll pop up again and say "just kidding!" and let you continue work. The bad thing is, is that there isn't anymore time left to get these things out of the system so any computer infected is going down.
recongunny said:
"mentaljedi" and "nathanskywalker"; am I the only one who sees a very subtle connection? LOL. Actually, I doubt that Bush can be blamed for this one. Terrorism? Not hardly; more like vandalism committed by adolescents or adults suffering from a severe case of arrested development. This is not terrorism, it's just another form of ego gratification by somebody suffering from a severe case of low self-esteem.
Race said:
Hmmm....old school virus huh! [quote]the latest attempt by virus writers to infect Windows machines by relying on a combination of user stupidity and supposedly salacious content.[/quote]Although I agree with recongunny's post, I'm also sitting here playing psychologist, and trying to think of any other reason why someone would throw something like this out there.Is it your average Microsoft hater?..... or perhaps it's as simple as he/she having a twisted problem with the computer illiterate, or sexual content....like....'OK, if you get this virus, you deserve what you get, and you have no business using a computer'.Who knows really, but the author.....I'm just sorta thinking out loud here. At any rate, this definitely makes the Lame list.
sngx1275 said:
I remember back in the day with all those destructive viruses, several were just like this one and had a certain date where the distruction would happen. Back then almost all had a simple workaround of just changing the date of your computer, to skip over that day. I wonder if that works on this one too?
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