(Nikkei BP Group)
(No.1 High-Tech News Site in Japanese)
| Computer Viruses Decline in Number; New Types Arrive, IPA Says
September 10, 1998 (TOKYO) -- A total of 165 cases of damage caused by
computer viruses were reported in Japan in August, according to the
Information Technology Promotion Agency (IPA).
|The number represents a decline of 14 percent from July, and a decline
of 23 percent from a year earlier.
Figures for the year to date are also trending downward. A total of 1,338
cases were reported from January to August 1998, compared with 1,513
cases in the same period a year earlier.
Among the cases reported in August were three viruses not previously
encountered in Japan. The three are traditional viruses that infect
executable files, and not macro viruses which make up the majority of
One of the viruses now in Japan is the PE/CIH virus, first discovered
in Taiwan in June. This virus infects executable files on personal computers
running Windows 95 or Windows 98. It activates on the 26th of any month
and is capable of destructively reformatting the user's hard disk drive.
In August, the 26th was a workday for the first time since the PE/CIH
virus was discovered. Some damage was unavoidable, despite the warnings
issued by anti-virus software vendors. Four cases of PE/CIH damage were
reported to the IPA.
The other two viruses making their first appearances in Japan were ABCD
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