New e-mail worm exploits SARS anxiety

IDG News Service |  Security

A bigger threat might come from potential confusion between news reports of the new computer virus and the biological virus that is currently spreading worldwide, he said.

"It's something to pay special attention to," Belthoff said. "If the public sees information on the Web about the 'SARS virus,' meaning the Coronex computer virus, that could cause some people to panic or create a false sense of concern."

Antivirus companies should be particularly careful to refer to the new computer virus by its proper name, 'Coronex,' rather than referring to it by its theme, the SARS virus, Belthoff said.

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