Worm strikes Internet

A worm struck the global Internet early Saturday morning, temporarily slowing traffic.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | January 25, 2003


A worm struck the global Internet early Saturday morning, temporarily slowing traffic.

Most home users did not need to take protective measures, according to White House reports.

The attack began shortly after midnight Saturday and continued through the wee hours.

The virus targeted a flaw in the Microsoft database software SQL Server 2000.

Symantec Corp. reports estimated some 22,000 systems were affected worldwide.

The flaw in the Microsoft software, which enables hackers to gain control of corporate database servers, was discovered in July 2002. At that time Microsoft offered a free repairing patch but evidently many computer administrators failed to apply the fix.


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