Microsoft should weather zombie PC attack
The computer virus MyDoom.B is programmed to launch an attack against Microsoft's website, www.microsoft.com, on Tuesday, but anti-virus experts believe it has infected too few computers to cause any major disruption.
The US software company SCO has not been so lucky. It was the target of the first MyDoom virus and on Sunday an army of infected computers launched a massive assault on SCO's site, forcing it off the internet.
This first version surfaced on 26 January and rapidly spread to millions of computers - analysts say it is the fastest spreading computer virus yet seen. MyDoom.B appeared two days later but has so far resulted in considerably fewer reported infections.
By Will Knight at New Scientist.
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