A powerful new computer virus is causing havoc with e-mail systems across the world. Experts described the virus, called Goner, as one of the fastest-spreading they had yet seen and warned computer users to immediately delete it if they received it, The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reports. Alex Shipp, spokesman for anti-virus service MessageLabs, said: "It's spreading with tremendous speed and thousands of users in Britain have already been sent it. "The virus mass mails itself out through e-mail and attempts to destroy anti-virus software on computers, which could prove extremely problematic for those unfortunate enough to receive it." The infected e-mail has the word "Hi" as its subject and body text which reads "When I saw this screen saver, I immediately thought about you. I am in a harry (sic), I promise you will love it." Its attachment is labelled "gone.scr." It was first detected this morning in the US but experts believe it was created in Europe. The US, the UK and France are the worst hit of the 17 countries affected so far.
Henry L. Marconi PRAVDA.Ru Sydney
The strike was defensive in nature and came in response to three attacks on the US military in February