MyDoom targets Linux antagonist

Wednesday, 28 January 2004, 12:33 PM EST

A computer virus that began spreading swiftly across the Internet on Monday is coded to launch an attack on the SCO Group's Web servers Sunday, according to antivirus companies.

Computers infected with the "MyDoom" virus will begin to attempt to connect to the main page of the SCO website Feb. 1. The connection requests will come roughly every second from each of the estimated thousands of machines that are now infected, in an attempt to overload SCO's Web server and knock the company's site off the Internet.

On Tuesday morning, the MyDoom virus was present in one out of every 12 e-mails, according to e-mail security firm MessageLabs, surpassing the SoBig.F virus which, at its peak last summer, was found in one out of every 17 e-mails. SoBig currently tops many antivirus vendors' charts as the most active virus ever to hit the Internet.

By Michelle Delio at Wired.

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