Magazine article The Quill

AWARD WINNER: DEADLINE REPORTING - ONLINE: Independent

Magazine article The Quill

AWARD WINNER: DEADLINE REPORTING - ONLINE: Independent

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Rob Lemos

CNET News.com

In August 2003, a little worm called "MSBlast" infected some 120,000 computers in less than 24 hours.

"The quick proliferation of variants further complicated efforts to control the damage, and people around the world came to News.com for the latest developments and advice on how to stop the attacks," said Editor Jeff Pelline. "We were the first to report how the worm was proliferating and which technologies were most vulnerable to it."

For three days, staff writer Rob Lemos covered "MSBlast," producing several detailed reports for visitors.

"MSBlast," the latest threat to hit the Internet, is a piecemeal compilation of programs cobbled together to do a single job: spread across the Internet. The Frankenstein's monster of code stitches together a widely available file server, one of several public programs to exploit a widespread Windows flaw, and common techniques for compromising computers. …

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