Netherlands escapes Zotob virus

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18 August 2005AMSTERDAM — The latest computer virus to have made an international name for itself has had little impact in the Netherlands.

18 August 2005

AMSTERDAM — The latest computer virus to have made an international name for itself has had little impact in the Netherlands.

Computer virus Zotob became breaking news on CNN on Tuesday when it disabled the news network's computers that use Windows 2000. Broadcaster ABC  and The New York Times were also hit, as were major companies DaimlerChrylser, UPS and General Electric.

The Dutch government's virus alert office and companies specialising in anti-virus software said on Thursday that Zotob has not had a big impact in the Netherlands.

Only a minimal infection rate has been detected and is "no reason for worry," a government spokesperson said.

McAfee, a company that provides anti-virus software, issued a "high risk" alert in relation to Zotob on Wednesday but the risk level was lowered the following day.

The virus makes use of a flaw in the Windows 2000 Operating system. It can also infect computers using the Windows XP system if the user has not downloaded the latest security patch from Microsoft.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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