100,000 PCs wiped as malware pulls "Kill OS" trigger

If ever there was a good reason to keep your computer spyware-free, this is it. Last month a group of more than 100,000 Windows-based PCs saw their operating systems self-destruct, after the botnet that infected them issued the "nuclear option". Little-used, though apparently present in several different types of trojan, the "kos" or "kill operating system" command basically wipes access to the user's system.

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