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Experts: 10/10/10 computer fears overblown

Oct. 8, 2010 at 1:27 PM

ABINGDON, England, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- British computer security experts said fears of a 10/10/10 computer failure or virus Oct. 10 are likely overblown.

Online forums have been filling with questions about clocks failing at 10:10 a.m. due to the number symmetry and many have raised fears of a special 10/10/10 virus, but Graham Cluley, computer safety expert at Sophos, said it's probably just the latest in a long line of baseless scares, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday.

"There's been a long history of virus scares related to specific dates, and it's not that surprising to hear people whispering about the possible risks looming on 10 October 2010," Cluley said. "But with more than 60,000 new pieces of malware (malicious software) being discovered every day you should realize that you need to be careful about attacks every day of the year."

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