The Nyxem Email Virus: Analysis and InferencesThis came out this morning. The amazing finding: 45k of the half million computers (up to about 10%) had other malware easily identifiable on them. Looks like some people can't help but pick up all sorts of crud.
While email viruses and worms are a ubiquitous part of the online environment, Nyxem was relatively rare in that newly infected hosts connect once to a single website, providing a single source of information about the infected population.Source: The Nyxem Email Virus: Analysis and Inferences, an analysis by David Moore (email@example.com) and Colleen Shannon (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the spread of the Nyxem (or Blackworm or Kama Sutra or MyWife or CME 24) Virus in January and early February 2006.
Of more critical interest to those infected, the virus also contained a malicious payload designed to overwrite files with certain extensions on the 3rd of every month (beginning February 3, 2006). Affected file types include: .doc, .xls, .mdb, .mde, .ppt, .pps, .zip, .rar, .pdf, .psd, and .dmp.
We estimate that between 469,507 and 946,835 computers in more than 200 countries were infected by the Nyxem virus between January 15 23:40:54 UTC 2006 and Wednesday February 1 05:00:12 UTC. At least 45,401 of the infected computers were also compromised by other forms of spyware or bot software.
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