News Burst: CIH blasts home users

Consumers were hardest hit by the CIH virus according to a spokesman for UK anti-virus software firm Data Fellows.

The virus has caused extensive damage in businesses across Asia but effects in Europe and the US were largely confined to home users. CIH, which activates on the 26th of each month, is more destructive than the widely reported Melissa virus and is capable of wiping data from hard drives. Monday's variant was particularly nasty as it targeted a machine's BIOS preventing users from turning on their computers.

A spokesman for Data Fellows said: "In the UK there were more cases of home users being infected but even here the numbers were in the tens rather than the hundreds."

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