Over 20 companies hit by computer virus
Thursday 09 August 2012
At least 20 companies and organisations have been affected by a virulent computer virus spread by email.
The Sasfis virus has brought computer systems at government offices, universities and companies to a halt, the national cyber security centre said on Thursday.
Around 2,900 individual computers have been affected, including at council offices in Den Bosch, Venlo, Weert, Almere and Buren. Some are now back up and running.
KLM was also hit by a computer problem on Thursday, but the airline said it was not connected with the Sasfis virus and has been solved.
The Sasfis virus is a 'trojan horse' which appears to be an innocent programme until it is downloaded by users. However, once on a computer, it allows unauthorised people access.
This new variation of Sasfis remains unnoticed by virus scanners and can be passed on through everything done on a computer. For instance, people who downloaded documents from infected councils on Wednesday or Thursday could now have the virus.
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