Calamity virus

Sadly, this can be considered normal nowadays: every time there’s a catastrophe somewhere, a new virus appears on the wild. The latest of this breed takes advantage of people’s curiosity over a devastating storm in Europe to spread junk e-mails on the Internet.

A computer virus dubbed “Storm Worm” that is attached to a mail message has infected at least 10,000 computers worldwide, said Mikko Hypponen, the head of research at F-Secure Corp., a leading Finnish antivirus company.

Hypponen said spammers sent hundreds of thousands of files attached to e-mails with the heading “230 dead as storm batters Europe,” referring to a storm on Thursday that disrupted travel for tens of thousands, shut down power and killed at least 47 people.

“The timing is particularly clever,” Hypponen said. “They are taking advantage of people’s curiosity in a natural disaster that has news value.”

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