A new computer virus called KaBlueE is spreading havoc around the internet by re-installing IE6 on infected machines. The timing of this pandemic is especially devastating in light of the fact that IE6 usage has finally dropped below 1%.
To add insult to injury, in addition to re-installing IE6, the virus also sets the home page to my.yahoo.com. As one industry insider pointed out:
“Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did. Sure, a lot of us were using My Yahoo as our homepage back in the early 2000’s, but I haven’t even seen a Yahoo page in at least 3 years. What a sick joke this is.”
Internet Community in Disarray
With the Internet abuzz, reactions to KaBlueE are nothing short of overwhelming:
- Sporadic candle light vigils have been breaking out in headquarters of many internet companies including Google, Amazon, and I Can Haz Cheezburger.
- Worldwide developer organization Devs Without Borders is conducting non-stop hacking sessions aimed at eradicating the virus.
- The entire W3C HTML Working Group (the standards body responsible for HTML5) as well as most of Microsoft’s IE Team were temporarily placed on suicide watch.
Perhaps a quote from a top security expert (who asked to remain anonymous) best sums up the prevailing sentiment:
“Creators of KaBlueE are obviously deranged. I mean, I understand creating a virus to steal banking passwords or to turn computers into zombie bots. I don’t condone it, but I understand it. But this? What kind of sick bastard would get off on re-installing IE6? It’s unconscionable.”
End Users Impacted As Well
With more and more end users being infected, horrifying stories of horror are pouring in. Mary Lou Hemming, a retired accountant from suburban Atlanta, was one of the victims of KaBlueE. She described her harrowing ordeal to a local reporter:
“You know, my internet is kinda slow and my bank’s website looks sorta funny, but I really don’t understand why all these reporters are at my house. Did we win something?”
Jake Millen, a contractor from Portland, described his terrible experience after being hit by KaBlueE:
“I logged onto Facebook and it looked all messed up, but I just assumed it was another redesign.”
Many security experts consider KaBlueE to be extremely dangerous. John Mitchell, a leading expert on computer viruses, explains:
“It’s hard to underestimate the impact of this terrible virus. It could literally set us back a decade and make Melissa, Code Red, and Nimda look like child’s play. If we don’t get a hold of this infection soon, may God have mercy on us all.”
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