All quiet on the Nyxem front

Finnish security company F-Secure says that so far there are no signs of the Nyxem worm nuking everyone’s Office and pdf files, which it is programmed to start doing today.

‘So far today we haven’t received any significant Nyxem damage reports,’ writes F-Secure’s Chief Research Officer Mikko Hyppönen.

However, this could be the calm before the storm. The Nyxem worm – also known as Blackmal or Karma Sutra – currently accounts for roughly one in six infections reported to the company.

Hyppönen adds that the ‘Vast majority of the machines infected by Nyxem are home computers. Nothing will happen on them until people get home from work and boot up their machines. Half an hour later the damage starts. The user won’t realise what’s going on until an hour or two later, when it’s already late Friday night.’

The extent of infections can clearly be seen on this global map, with high concentrations across the eastern half of the US, England, Germany and Italy. Previous predictions had named India as a key hotspot.

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