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Spread of Mydoom virus highlights lack of fleet protection

FITCHBURG, MA -- The quick spread of the Mydoom and Mydoom.B viruses over the past few weeks indicates the lack of...

FITCHBURG, MA — The quick spread of the Mydoom and Mydoom.B viruses over the past few weeks indicates the lack of virus protection among motor carrier fleets, according to Chevin Fleet Solutions, a provider of fleet management solutions.

Mydoom is widely acknowledged to be the most virulent virus ever, infecting up to one in twelve of all e-mails sent this week, thus few organization have escaped it altogether. The virus spreads as an e-mail attachment and if opened, copies itself to other e-mail addresses. It also potentially allows unauthorized remote access to the infected machine.

Fleet software market leader, Chevin Fleet Solutions found that less than half of all fleets have adequate virus protection in place to protect their computer networks – with some having none at all.

“However, there is a huge difference between those fleets who have adequate virus protection in place and those that don’t. The former will have solved the problem in a matter of hours, the latter may have yet find a solution,” said Ashley Sowerby, Managing Director for Chevin. “There are two main problems with a virus like Mydoom. The first is that it leaves networks vulnerable to external attack, meaning that a malicious hacker can steal, corrupt or delete valuable data or even bring the whole system down. The second is that the same problem can be potentially spread to contacts though email communication – which can be bad news for customers and suppliers.”

Such problems are not limited to smaller organizations that are less likely to have any form of virus protection in place or ensure that it is kept updated. Larger companies are also at risk – even though IT support may be well resourced and financed and virus protection taken seriously, the sheer volume of e-mail and Internet data that they deal with also makes the risk of infection high.

“Therefore in addition to having anti-virus software in place, a strong corporate policy on e-mail and Internet usage is essential,” Sowerby advises. “Seemingly harmless e-mails, like spreadsheets or jokes that employees may share with friends, can help viruses like Mydoom spread at an alarming rate. We visit fleets often where problems like this are common and it’s simply a matter of taking control and putting policies in place to ensure that e-mail and the Internet is used carefully and sensibly.”

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