BBC in ironic virus infection

Thursday, 16 January 2003, 12:12 PM EST

The BBC fell victim to the latest variant of the ExploreZip worm, and a certain amount of hubris, last week.

The worm infected some of its machines, a BBC spokesperson confirmed to us today. However she wasn't prepared to go into details of the incident beyond saying that she was able to use her own email as normal. The corporations systems are now completely virus free, she assures us.

Earlier Internet reports suggest the BBC limited staff emails to below 70KB and updated its AV software to cleanse itself of the bug, which first appeared a day before the BBC got hit last Friday. Indications are that the corporation escaped relatively unscathed, even though the virus itself is potentially quite nasty.

The latest ExploreZip worm (known as ExploreZip.E or ExploreZi-N) normally spreads as an e-mail attachment and is capable of destroying document and source code files, an alert by Finnish AV firm F-Secure explains.

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