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Witty Worm Brings Down Webhosting.net

by Donna Buenaventura / March 24, 2004 12:27 PM PST

A virus known as the "Witty" worm, which spread over the weekend, infecting approximately 30,000 computers, appears to have impacted the performance of several Web hosting firms, including Miami-based Webhosting.net (webhosting.net), Johannes Ullrich, chief technology officer for the SANS Internet Storm Center, said in a report published in BizReport. The worm also reportedly hit the University of Michigan.

According to BizReport, the worm disrupted service for thousands of Webhosting.net customers. Chief information officer Andrew Martin told BizReport that the worm completely destroyed four of Webhostin.net's Windows-based servers, bringing down more than 1,000 Web sites for most of the weekend. Martin said the data was retrieved from back-up servers, but the infected machines had to be rebuilt from scratch.


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