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Worms double the trouble

Networks experience disruption with an old virus reappearing as a mass-mailing machine and an MSBlast variant traveling far and wide to patch the original vulnerability.

Networks experience disruption with an old virus reappearing as a mass-mailing machine and an MSBlast variant traveling far and wide to patch the original vulnerability.


Twenty servers that the computer virus had scheduled to download attack software were shut down, avoiding a potential wave of new e-mail.
August 22, 2003


Reporters and editors shut down their computers after the newspaper's network becomes unstable, in a week where variants on the MSBlast worm and the Sobig virus have run rampant.
August 22, 2003


Nachi, the problematic fixer worm, and Sobig.F, the worst mass-mailing computer virus so far, continue to flood some corporate networks and e-mail servers.
August 21, 2003


In the aftermath of the MSBlast worm, Microsoft says it may be time to take more control of the Windows update mechanism.
August 21, 2003


update A "good" Internet worm and a new malicious mass-mailing computer virus are creating an enormous amount of network traffic, slowing some corporate systems.
August 19, 2003


The Sobig e-mail virus that caused havoc two months ago reappears in a virulent new form.
August 19, 2003


A variant of MSBlast begins spreading, but the new worm has an odd twist: It applies a patch for the vulnerability that it and other MSBlast worms use to infect Windows systems.
August 18, 2003

previous coverage

special coverage The latest worm to torment Internet users underscores the limitations of getting patches in place.
August 15, 2003