Kaspersky Lab Int. reports on "Y2K virus threat"

03 Jan 2000
Business News

Cambridge, UK, January 4, 2000 - Kaspersky Lab Int., an international anti-virus software vendor, informs that computer virus problem, associated with the transition to the year 2000, does not pose real danger and currently is under full control.

"We are glad to inform computer users that anticipation of some extraordinary flooding of computer viruses especially created for the year 2000 has not been confirmed. Fabulous "Y2K virus threat", which has been initiated and continuously supported by some anti-virus vendors showed it's complete invalidity", - said Eugene Kaspersky, head of anti-virus research at Kaspersky Lab, - "Such activity of some anti-virus companies apparently shows their concern for conducting of certain marketing programmes and sales boosting at the expense of spreading virus hysteria among computer users. Again we have to note that this campaign damages the anti-virus industry causing loss of the users' credence".

By 4th January, 16:00 GMT AntiViral Toolkit Pro (AVP) support centres located in 28 countries all over the world reported no serious computer accidents caused by some new, previously unknown viruses. Moreover, according to Kaspersky Lab's statistics virus activity has been even decreased because many users are absent due to Christmas and New Year holidays.

Despite there is no certain evidence confirming existence of "Y2K virus threat", Kaspersky Lab's anti-virus experts will be standing by at the highest readiness up to January 8th, according to company's programme "Y2K readiness."