New Cyberspace Virus Causes Havoc on Systems around the World

The Birmingham Post (England), May 5, 2004 | Go to article overview

New Cyberspace Virus Causes Havoc on Systems around the World


Byline: Steve Pain

Sasser -a new strain of internet worm -ripped across cyberspace yesterday to disrupt business and home computer systems.

First detected over the weekend, the worm has already infected more than one million PCs and knocked out computer systems at banks, transport reservation systems and at European Commission offices.

Unlike previous internet worms, Sasser infects PCs without any action by the user, enabling it to spread extremely rapidly to computers using the Microsoft Windows operating system, especially Windows 2000 and XP.

The worm does not need to be activated by double-clicking on an attachment, and can strike even if no one is using the PC at the time.

When a machine is infected, error messages may appear and the computer may reboot repeatedly.

Experts yesterday said that the worm emerged 18 days after Microsoft posted a correctivecode software patch on its web site. It continues a common pattern with viruses whereby companies announce flaws in their software and hackers race to exploit them.

Because of Sasser's nature, security experts have warned users to update their PCs with the latest Microsoft patches and install a firewall to keep out future infections.

In the space of just three days, four variants have emerged, each capable of causing machines that run on Microsoft's Windows operating systems XP, NT and 2000 to reboot without warning and knocking out some computer reservation systems.

Victims include Goldman Sachs, Australia's Westpac Bank and Finnish company Sampo.

US carrier Delta Air Lines also suffered a computer glitch on Saturday, causing delays and cancellations, but the company was unsure whether Sasser was the culprit.

With businesses throughout parts of Europe yesterday returning from the long holiday weekend, anti-virus technicians were expecting a new wave of infections. …

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