Bugbear to set new virus record

Tuesday, 8 October 2002, 12:44 PM EST

The Bugbear computer virus may be spreading more slowly this week than last, but it's still on track to be the most prolific email virus to date, antivirus experts said on Monday.

Last week, email service provider MessageLabs intercepted 320,000 missives containing the Bugbear attachment, more than the Klez.h virus managed in its first week in April. Klez.h has created the most-ever Internet traffic so far.

Bugbear "seems to be picking up quite a bit in the United States", said Angela Hauge, technical director for MessageLabs. "I would say that it's rampant." On Monday, Bugbear-infected PCs sent out nearly 38,000 emails, according to the company's Web site.

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