Chinese Virus Crises Mean Trouble for U.S.
China is being hammered by viruses, and one security analysts says the trouble over there is causing trouble for U.S. networks. A survey conducted by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security shows that approximately 85 percent of computers in the country have been infected with a virus this year. That number is up 25 percent from 2001. And as many as a third of China’s computers may have been hit by the Sobig-F worm, which struck this past August. But that’s not just a problem for the Chinese. Chris Belthoff, a senior security analyst with Lynnfield, Mass.-based Sophos, Inc., an anti-virus company, says any major virus infestation in a country as wired as China means that problem will travel to U.S. corporate networks. ”Computer viruses are like true biological viruses,” says Belthoff. ”You may have a strong pocket of high infection somewhere in the world and the likelihood of it spread is really high now because we’re all so interconnected. If one area of the world isn’t so security aware, it will cause problems for the rest of the world, as well. Full Story