At the end of January, 2006, there were warnings about a computer virus that would have been the first large viral attack on the Internet of 2006.

It was named by some virus experts as the KAMA SUTRA WORM and by others as the BLACKMAIL WORM.  There are other names (see below).

Virus experts differed in their opinion of what impact the virus would have.  Some warned that on February 3 it was going explode into a massive attack using thousands of infected computers as a base for sending itself to as many other computers as possible and try to delete important text files as well.  Others said they did not regard the virus as being a threat to anything other than anti-virus software.

February 3 came and went, however, with very little impact by the virus.

It was designed to affect PC’s, not MAC’s.

Naming viruses is not easy.  Each anti-virus company that discovers a new virus gives it a name, but it may not always be the same name.  When a virus outbreak is taking place, all the experts want to worry about is how to stop it, not contact every expert to see what name is being used elsewhere.  The result is a lot of confusion and that has especially been the case with the Kama Sutra/Blackmail virus.  “Kama Sutra” is the name being used by Symantec.  “Blackmail” is from McFee.   F-Secure called it version “E” of the Nyxem virus.  Sophos called it version “D.”  Microsoft named it “Mywife.”  It’s also been called “Kapser,” “KillAV,” “Blackworm” or “Grew.”