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Chernobyl virus wipes out Windows computers worldwide

Apr 28, 1999, 13:14 (9 Talkback[s])

Washington Post and BBC News are reporting on this Windows-based virus that has wipes out hundreds of thousands of computers.

The Washington Post says, "The virus struck more than 600,000 computers, with particularly severe impact in South Korea and Turkey, and caused damage estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars in wrecked equipment and lost business."

BBC News writes, "Chernobyl has not been propagated to the same extent as the recent Melissa virus, which jammed networks with e-mail, but it has caused far greater damage."

Incidentally, companies whose systems are based on Linux have been 100% un-affected by this security breach.