E-mail virus hits mainland hard
RAYMOND LI in Beijing
Updated at 1.21pm:
The new e-mail virus, I-worm/Sircam, has claimed about 100 Chinese victims in the three days since it struck the mainland. The Web worm, which was first reported in China on Saturday, was said to have been first identified in the UK on Monday of last week and has been reported in more than 50 countries.
Mainland Internet users complained to Jiangmin Sci-tech, a Beijing virus-filter software developer, that they had lost files after opening e-mails. The subject of the e-mails appeared as: 'Hi! How are you?', 'I send you this file in order to have your advice' or 'I hope you like the file that I send to you'.
The infected e-mail was given a disguise by using a variety of names, making it difficult for users to figure out which e-mail had been infected, according to computer specialists at Jiangmin Sci-tech.
Jiangmin Sci-tech is a part of a team of computer virus contingency experts under the aegis of China's National Computer Virus Emergency Response Centre.
Yan Shaowen, who is an executive engineer at Jiangmin Sci-tech, said that the virus could delete files and directories, and fill up the hard drive with its own duplicates. The virus could also put a computer user's privacy at risk because it could send user files automatically, he explained.
Mr Yan said the virus would strike on 16th of every October in a similar way as CIH virus does on every the 26th of every April.
Mr Yan said the virus had infected both individual and corporate Internet users on the mainland, and he urged Chinese Internet users to install proper virus filter software to prevent further disasters.