Virus experts at Sophos think it is unlikely that Microsoft's
website will suffer a successful denial of service attack from the
The MyDoom-B worm is set to launch a denial of service attack at
13:09 UTC on 3 February. However, Sophos has received very few
reports of actual infected computers. This compares with the high
number of reports of the worm's predecessor, W32/MyDoom-A, which
launched an attack which has blasted SCO's website off the
"The very small number of reports of MyDoom-B suggests that the
attack on Microsoft will fail, and that you are more likely to have
seen the worm in newspaper headlines than in your email inbox,"
said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos.
"However, this is no reason for complacency. All computer users
should ensure they are protected against the latest virus attacks -
the MyDoom-A worm, for instance, still poses a significant
Sophos has published further information about
MyDoom-B and recommends customers sign up for email notification about new virus