24 May 2011

Dow Jones struck by computer virus

After letting go 34 employees earlier this month, Dow Jones has been battling a computer virus.

According to a recent report by AdWeek, Dow Jones is experiencing the “pink slip” computer virus, after the former employees received actual pink slips. The 34 employees, most of them technology workers, are represented by the Independent Association of Publishers’ Employees.

“Everybody’s saying that somebody left it as a going-away present,” a Dow Jones employee told AdWeek.

Although officials at Dow Jones stated to current employees that its severs, data and network were not compromised, the virus slowed down the computers and employees received many voicemail and email messages telling them to power down their computers, the report stated.

The company recently determined that the virus was designed to steal banking website credentials. Another employee said that the virus has been a hassle and a pain to deal with.

Cyber security is not only on the minds of large corporations, but everyday Americans as well. According to a report by Unisys, cyber security concerns for Americans have increased by 35 percent since August, reaching their highest levels since the WikiLeaks incident.