| Computer Virus Levels Plateau in Japan, IPA Says
July 9, 1998 (TOKYO) -- The Information Technology Promotion Agency,
Japan (IPA) said that reported damages by computer viruses in June
leveled off at 137 cases, as compared with 142 cases reported in
|Total virus cases from January to June reached 982 cases, up
slightly from 946 cases in the same period last year.
A total of 749 cases were reported by general corporate users, 174
cases by companies associated with the information service industry
, 35 cases by individual users, and 24 cases by educational or
As for types of viruses reported in June, "Laroux," a macro virus in
Excel, showed the largest number of infections (74). It was
followed by "Cap," which attacks Word, with 27 cases, and AutoStart
9805, a Macintosh virus, with 15 cases.
The Laroux virus was detected on as many as 90 computers infected at
once. Similarly, AutoStar was detected in 110 computers in one case
, according to the report.
The IPA issued a warning that the following types of viruses may
appear in the July 4-Aug. 31 period: (1) DH2, which is expected to
appear on July 11, July 15, July 28 or Aug. 11; (2) Argentina on
July 9 or Aug. 17; (3) Russian Flag on Aug. 19; and (4) DApm-12 on
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(Hi-Tech News Center)