New Virus For Ubuntu/Linux?
Well here I was doing some research online for work, no apps open except the browser (FF3 or Epiphany, can't remember) and two terminals running htop. Suddenly I notice htop display CPU usage to 100% ... there is a process "whiptail" running, killing my CPU at 100% .. htop couldn't kill it (apparently invoked by root, right?), so I had to manually sudo kill it. There was also a --nocancel parameter I noticed, but can't remember what else I saw. Then after this process was dead my CPU immediately jumped to 100% again, but this time it was dpkg that started doing something. I didn't realize what it was doing at first -- I figured it was doing an automatic update and went back to work. Then suddenly I lost network connection while simultaneously realizing that I have auto-updates turned off (only notifications are on). Taking a closer look at the dpkg process in htop, I noticed that it was un-installing a whole bunch of programs. Before I knew it, half my system is gone and none of the icons on my desktop work. I quickly shut-down and rebooted the system, but everything was gone. No gnome, no nothing. startx does nothing too, says something about X being mis-configured. I went in recovery mode and tried a few things, but it was no use because everything was gone anyway. I am writing this from the Live CD.
I have to work, so I am contemplating if I should reinstall everything or leave the system the way it is now so I can extract any useful info to post here.
(Also posted this on ubuntuforums, in case you were interested in replies there, can search for same title )