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ZDNet: Study: Virus infections multiply

Jul 26, 1999, 20:02 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Lemos)

"The survey shows that computer virus infections have doubled each year for the past two years, reaching a total of 88 incidences per month for every 1,000 computers in February 1999, compared to 21 per month for the same period in 1997 and 32 per month in 1998."

"For the first year, e-mail has replaced the floppy disk as the mode of infection for computer viruses. More than half of all viruses infecting computers in 1999 came through e-mail, up from 32 percent in 1998. Floppy disk infections, accounting for two-thirds of all incidences in 1998, fell to 39 percent in 1999."

"Three major virus incidents this year have underscored the increase in the number of PCs catching the binary flu. In late March, a Word macro virus named Melissa spread using e-mail. A month later, a strain of CIH -- named for its purported author, Chen Ing-Hau --deleted formatting information on hard drives in the U.S. and overseas. And, in early June, ExploreZip combined Melissa's e-mail attack with CIH's malicious way of deleting data."

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