The most expensive computer virus of all times

Ever wondered how much damage a computer virus can do? Let us give you a compelling example through this next cyber security fact. My Doom is considered to be the most expensive virus in the world and in cyber security history, having caused an estimated financial damage of $38.5 billion!

My doom was first spotted in January 2004 and it became the fastest-spreading email worm ever, exceeding all previous records. The virus’s origins are believed to be in Russia, but its author was never discovered.

My doom was mainly transmitted by email, disguised as spam email. A user might inadvertently open the attachment in the email and the worm would re-send itself to every address it could find. The original version contained a payload that did two things: it opened a backdoor into the user’s computer, allowing remote control of it, while also conducting a DDoS attack (Direct Denial Of Service) against SCO group’s website.
How it affects you and what can you do to get protected:
  • Viruses such as MyDoom can be extremely dangerous, because if a cyber criminal gains control over your computer, there’s no telling if and how you may regain control over your device.
  • Severe malware usually morphs and has a very low detection score, so antivirus can't detect it..
  • You need a proactive solution that can work as a supplement of you AV. scanning your Internet traffic and warnning you when potential threats appear, while also blocking access to hacker controlled servers and keeping your data from leaking.

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