Cholera virus ‘threatens’ hard drives

But only if it escapes the labs first

Cholera is threatening to break out in the IT community. The filth and squalor of the computer age has led to a new virus, labelled 'Cholera' by anit-virus specialist Computer Associates. This self-replicating, worm-like virus was found in Computer Associates' German research lab earlier this week. Its danger lies in its ability to automatically send itself to email addresses it finds on hard-drives, which could overload email servers. However, mutated versions could lead to the virus deleting data. CA said Cholera was "moderately dangerous", and it has not yet been reported out in the wild. ®

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