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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hackers Break Into Kaspersky

Even the country's leading anti-virus software developer cannot always protect its subscribers from viruses.

Hackers broke into Kaspersky Labs' server last week, making away with a list of e-mails of recipients of the company's news releases, Kaspersky Labs said in a statement. The hackers then sent a worm virus to those e-mail addresses.

"This is an unprecedented attack on our server," said Svetlana Novikova, a spokeswoman for Kaspersky Labs.

Yevgeny Kaspersky, head of anti-virus research for Kaspersky Labs, warned that the company is increasingly becoming a target for hackers.

"Our company has become one of the major players on the anti-virus software market, and this draws attention from a greater number of hackers, who regularly attempt to hack our servers," he said.

The virus, called I-Worm.Bridex, infects the computer if a user manually opens the attachment README.EXE sent along with the e-mail message. The virus also infects the computer if the Internet Explorer browser has a security vulnerability.

Kaspersky Labs said that no one who received the e-mail opened the attachment.

I-Worm.Bridex is a regular virus and the damage its causes is not serious, Novikova said.

The virus attempts to break anti-virus programs installed on infected computers and opens Hotmail and web sites.