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Worms continue Internet attacks

A new e-mail worm exploits terrorism fears, while the disruptive Nimda continues to spread, especially in North America. Also, Gartner says: Drop IIS.

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  "Nimda" worming across the globe
Elias Levy, CTO, SecurityFocus
An e-mail message asking for peace between America and Islam actually carries a worm known as W32.Vote or WTC.exe--an extremely malicious and destructive payload. Meanwhile, Nimda continues to spread; virus trackers have counted 1.3 million total copies of it so far. And research firm Gartner says security-conscious companies need software other than Microsoft's IIS. New worm exploits terrorist attacks
update Antivirus companies warn that an e-mail message asking for peace between America and Islam actually carries an extremely malicious and destructive payload.
Sept. 24, 2001 
Gartner: Companies should drop IIS
The research group advises companies to "immediately" replace their Microsoft Internet Information Server software with a more secure application, after attacks by Code Red and Nimda worms.
Sept. 25, 2001 
Nimda still a global threat
North America, Europe and Australia are hit hardest by a computer worm that has brought many corporate networks to a grinding halt.
Sept. 24, 2001 
New studies reveal Nimda's tenacity
As companies struggle to clean their networks of the malicious program, security experts finally post complete analyses of the worm.
Sept. 21, 2001 
Nimda winds down; companies recover
Active infections drop to about a third of the worm's peak, as companies clean up servers and PCs in a slow recovery.
Sept. 20, 2001 
Nimda still spreading in Asia
The worm spreads at dizzying speed through parts of Asia for a second day, but experts say the worldwide outbreak may be close to peaking.
Sept. 20, 2001 
Microsoft deflects charges of worm woes
The software giant's FrontPage site sets off virus alarms, but the company's network security administrators say Nimda wasn't there.
Sept. 19, 2001 
Home users face biggest risk from Nimda
As businesses come to grips with the fast-spreading virus, antivirus experts warn that home PC users need to get serious about security.
Sept. 19, 2001 
Net security coalition issues Nimda warning
FBI investigators, computer emergency response teams and software companies warn computer users to tread carefully on the Net.
Sept. 19, 2001 
Nimda strikes Internet, e-mail
update A computer worm that spreads to both servers and PCs running Microsoft software floods the Internet with data, prompting the FBI to create a task force to investigate the attack.
Sept. 18, 2001 
World wakes up to worm
After first appearing in the United States on Tuesday, thousands of European businesses open Wednesday morning with infected computer systems.
Sept. 19, 2001 
New worm slows some Internet operations
The multifaceted nature of the malicious program's infection is unprecedented, experts say, and companies report damage ranging from nuisance to full-fledged outages.
Sept. 18, 2001 

previous coverage
Year of the Worm
special report Able to spread quickly across the Internet, worms are the weapon of choice for vandals to spread their latest creations; they can be easily copied and changed, and point-and-click tools to create complex worms are readily available.
March 15, 2001