NEWS FROM THE LAB - Monday, February 6, 2006

Analysis and Inferences Posted by Mikko @ 19:18 GMT

CAIDA, the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis has worked over the Nyxem counter stats. As a result, they have come up with an impressive analysis on just how widespread Nyxem was and where was it most prevalent.

The results have just been published at http://www.caida.org/analysis/security/blackworm/

Copyright Caida source www.caida.org/analysis/security/blackworm/graphs/continent_probe_total_ts_hour_small.png

Quote: "We estimate that between 469,507 and 946,835 computers in more than 200 countries were infected by the Nyxem".

All the hard work on this publication has been done by Colleen Shannon and David Moore. Good job!

PS. We were talking with the folks at Quickheal (one the major antivirus companies in India) about Nyxem damage that they might have seen. Sanjay Katkar wrote to us:

   Now I am receiving reports form various branch office across India and it seems that
   around 230 to 250 users had real damage done to their systems. The number of computer
   counts can go up to 500 as most of the users were home users and offices having 3
   to 5 computers. I believe the actual number of systems damaged will be more
   as its difficult to reach out to people who have faced it.

Thanks Sanjay.