E-virus* turns clocks to 2000
The Sunday Times, © 1999
Times Newspapers Ltd.
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mi2g excerpts from the article:
D K Matai, managing director of mi2g, a security software company
which advises many of London's financial institutions, said: "Hackers
are causing chaos with this [Hacker Activated] code because it can immediately
shut down computer systems. There are not just financial risks to be considered;
serious safety issues are also involved."
During a recent conference on electronic security held by mi2g, it
was revealed that Y2K-compliant systems were also under threat. Tests carried
out earlier this year on an oil rig and car plant, both classified as millennium-compliant,
in which clocks were forwarded to the millennium date, caused up to 40% of
computers to be inaccessible.