Real-life worm causes computer crash

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

When Mark Taylor’s old laptop crashed he suspected he might have an unwelcome visitor.

Maybe a virus or Trojan horse had managed to infect his PC while he was visiting a website or after opening an email? Or perhaps a hacker had broken in and was stealing his identity?

When IT engineers opened up his £360 Gateway laptop, however, they found something much more err.. down-to-earth.

A 5 inch worm was lodged inside his computer, having made its way in through an air vent and wrapped itself around the cooling fan. The sorry creature had been frazzled by his laptop’s innermost workings, causing the fan to fail.

45-year-old Mr Taylor is blaming his cats – who regularly bring in worms from his garden in Yeovil, Somerset.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.