Overseas Virus Outbreak Yet to Impact U.S.
A new e-mail virus is spreading rapidly in Asia and parts of Europe, but anti-virus vendors say it has yet to make a major appearance in the United States.After a week on the scene, the Fbound worm is continuing to infect machines across the Internet, but still hasnt made much progress in the U.S. The worm, first spotted March 13, apparently originated in Japan and has done most of its damage there and in other Asian countries. The virus is most prevalent in Hong Kong, Singapore and a handful of European states, according to statistics compiled by Message Labs Ltd., a U.K. based managed email security provider. The company has stopped nearly 10,000 copies of Bound to date, but the rate at which it is spreading appears to be dropping. In fact, McAfee.com, a division of Network Associates Inc., Tuesday dropped the worm to a medium risk because of its slowing progress.
The virus is not considered to be dangerous or to be carrying any destructive payload. However, it is the top entry on Message Labs Ltd.s list of the most prevalent viruses. The managed services provider said it has stopped more than 3,500 copies thusfar.