February 3rd worm damage level is minor

By Justin Mann on February 3, 2006, 12:13 PM
The Kama Sutra worm, set to unleash so much damage on today, the 3rd, has been nothing more than a blip on the map it seems. Most likely largely due to all modern virus scanners, including both pay and free products, having the ability to detect and remove it. Some people went to extremes, such as shutting their machine down the entire day, but things are looking good for those who continue with business as usual.

”"It's well past the deadline but we haven't confirmed any cases of the Kama Sutra in Japan, which suggests we're not looking at a major outbreak," said Itsuro Nishimoto, an executive at Tokyo-based computer security company LAC Corp.”
Many large businesses were already prepared for this virus and many home users have their virus scanners automatically updating as they should. That's not to say everyone has been unaffected, but as a large whole, people were prepared. This is fantastic, and shows that newer software tools to protect the PC are helping out. It really does pay to stay updated! To those that unfortunately were not prepared, as reported earlier they are already starting to feel the effects of data loss. Unfortunately, that's something Internet users are faced with, and protecting oneself is a neccessity.

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Per Hansson said:
F-Secure seems less optimistic...[url]http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/[/url]
Soul Harvester said:
Yeah, I saw that earlier. They must be hearing from many unlucky folks. I myself do work for a few hundred clients, though they are all corporate customers, and so far none of them have been affected today. They are all using OfficeScan on their respective networks, which is pretty good about updating daily.
nathanskywalker said:
lol kama sutra...[quote]Kamasutram, generally known to the Western world as Kama Sutra, is an ancient Hindu text on human sexual behavior, widely considered to be the standard work on love in Sanskrit literature. The text was composed by Vatsyayana, as a brief summary of various earlier works belonging to a tradition known generically as Kama Shastra, the science of love. Kama is literally desire. Sutra signfies a thread, or discourse threaded on a series of aphorisms. Sutra was a standard term for a technical text, thus also the Yogasutram of Patanjali. The text is originally known as Vatsyayana Kamasutram ("Vatsyayana's Aphorisms on Love"). Tradition holds that the author was a celibate scholar. He is believed to have lived sometime between the 1st to 6th centuries AD, probably during the great cultural flowering of the Gupta period.[/quote]Sounds like a name for a virus attached to a email. And of course the email would be asking you if you want "free porn".Ok, well back to the point, i'm glad that virus scanners and such were able to catch most of the viruses before they did real damage. Knowing the date for when they were scheduled to "detonate", i'm sure, helped alot. And i would not be to critical about those who actually left their computers off for the entire day, better that than lose it all right?
sngx1275 said:
I was wondering about the ability to avoid it even if you had it by not allowing the computer to be on during that day, such as, changing the system date. You could do that with the similar acting viruses in the late 90s.
Need_a_Dell said:
It's nice to hear that there wasn't too much of a commotion here. It would have been a real shame to let the programmer of this thing have the self-satisfaction to know that his virus succeeded in destroying people's work.
gamingmage said:
Wow, this is great news that it didn't affect to many people, but for those who were, we feel for them. Data loss is no funny business, a person can lose valuable data whether it be data for financial causes or data such as pictures for sentimental reasons. Good job on everyone's part on being prepared.
Race said:
I truly hope this is an indication that, after being deluged from all angles about the importance of computer security, users are starting to get it........or am I just being overly optimistic?
Phantasm66 said:
[b]Originally posted by sngx1275:[/b][quote]I was wondering about the ability to avoid it even if you had it by not allowing the computer to be on during that day, such as, changing the system date. You could do that with the similar acting viruses in the late 90s.[/quote]That's a very clever observation.
vigilante said:
I've noticed my Panda Antivirus updating more then usual these days, often 2 or 3 times a day with only 1 to 5 new defs.I think the AVs have been working hard to prevent, especially since they knew it was coming before hand.But just in case, I'm doing my backup today :)
Vaulden said:
No indication of the virus at work or at home. In both places were took all steps possible to detect it, but nothing was found. I think this virus's downfall was the timed release. Had it been active upon release it might have caused more damage.
Canadian said:
I think viruses will be the downfall of the internet. There is no reason we should need to pay, to keep our product we already payed for, working because of the service that we also payed for. (internet)If only Macs could play video games...
cyrax said:
Whew, survived to fight another day. Its time to find the coders for the virus and show them who's boss.
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