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Palyh Worm Crawls On

The Palyh worm was showing some signs of running out of steam late Wednesday, as security vendors reported seeing fewer copies than they had earlier in the week. At its peak on Monday, nearly one in every 200 e-mails contained a copy of Palyh, according to statistics compiled by MessageLabs Inc., an e-mail security vendor based in New York. The company stopped about 65,000 copies of the worm Monday, but that number dropped to around 55,000 Tuesday and fell even further to a little more than 30,000 so far Wenesday. And Palyh hasn’t come close to approaching the level of activity of its immediate predecessor, Fizzer. MessageLabs reports seeing more than 402,000 copies of Fizzer thus far in May, compared to about 162,000 total copies of Palyh. Palyh’s behavior and appearance should hold no surprises for veteran computer users, experts said. Full Story

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