Computer security expert shoots down '10/10/10' fears

A chinese man plays online games at an internet cafe
A chinese man plays online games at an internet cafe in Beijing on February 2010. Computer security firm Sophos has shot down rumors that a "10/10/10" virus will strike computers at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday -- October 10, 2010.

Computer security firm Sophos has shot down rumors that a "10/10/10" virus will strike computers at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday -- October 10, 2010.

"It's just the kind of scare that people love to murmur about, and share with their online friends, but I'm afraid it has no basis in fact," Sophos' Graham Cluley wrote in a blog post.

"Focusing on particular dates is not the way to keep your computer protected against malware attack," Cluley said.

"The truth is that there is which triggers every day of the year -- so worrying about one particular date or time is actually counter-productive, as it implies that you should take less care on other dates," he said.

"The reason why the 10th October has received a little more attention is because of the cute quirk of the numbers reading 10/10/10," he said.

"But even that's not a new idea. For instance, in the run-up to March 3 2003, I had to debunk rumours that the Internet would stop working at 03/03/03," Cluley said.

"The 10/10/10 rumour, just like the 03/03/03 one, is utter codswallop."


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Oct 08, 2010
"The 10/10/10 rumour, just like the 03/03/03 one, is utter codswallop."


Just like Y2K scare, 1999, 2012, and all the other hoaxes throughout the ages.

Oct 08, 2010
Y2k was atleast based on something real. I always thought it was funny that they said that all the power plants would shut down! Whateva.

Oct 08, 2010
Y2K was a problem for systems that stored the year with two digits, ie 99 instead of 1999. 10/10/10 has nothing special in it. Of course some virus creators might have seen that as cool date to activate their software, but that might be the only way to make it special.

Oct 09, 2010
Ubuntu 10.10 comes out on 10.10.10. That's more worthwhile computer news, if you ask me. I can't believe some people still fall for these kind of rumours. It must take serious effort to spend almost a decade in a computer rich environment and still not grasp some basic facts about them.

Oct 09, 2010
I never even heard of it, until now... 1 day before the event. This one isn't the one that scares me... the 11/11/11 virus set to go off at 11am is the one that scares me ;)

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