today “kama sutra” computer worm will begin destroying critical files on infected computers. hundreds of thousands of machines may have the worm lurking within their windows operating system, ready to be unleashed on february 3 and the third of every month thereafter.

windows office documents, word documents, excel spread sheets, and pdfs (portable document format) are among the files that will be “overwritten. while files that have simply been deleted can sometimes be recovered; overwritten files are usually lost for good.

this malicious software entices computer users with promises of sexy pictures, with e-mail subject lines ranging from “school girl fantasies gone bad” to “hot movie” to “crazy illegal sex!” and “kama sutra pics.” (cnn)

it is said there is yet no ‘patch’ that can be downloaded to clear it off? the figures reported that at least 510,000 systems has already been infected.

2006.02.03