Nyxem: nothing happened?
So, Nyxem.E had infected hundreds of thousands of computers over the last two weeks. It activated on Friday, overwriting data. But almost nobody reported any problems. So what happened?
Well, probably several things, including:
- The amount of machines that were really infected still on Friday was much smaller than the total amount of machines that got infected (and cleaned) during the whole outbreak. This number is probably in the tens of thousands. Which is not a lot of computers out of, say, one billion computers in the world.
- Many of the infected machines were not rebooted on Friday. They were simply running all the time. The worm only does damage when you start the machine on the 3rd. F-Secure : News from the Lab
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