Security

Net threats keep on coming

As the Sasser worm evolves to a new, if less formidable, variant, a virus dubbed Wallon takes aim at Microsoft's media software.

roundup As the Sasser worm evolves to a new, if less formidable, variant, a virus dubbed Wallon takes aim at Microsoft's media software.

Wallon virus wrecks Windows Media Player

The latest mass-mailing virus is spreading via HTML e-mail and can wipe out Microsoft's media player.
May 12, 2004

New Sasser variant indicates copycat

The worm reappears as Sasser.F, even after the arrest of a teenager suspected of writing the original.
May 12, 2004

Antivirus companies muting false alarms

A new Symantec tool is designed to squelch e-mail notifications that wrongly tell people they've sent e-mail containing a virus. Other security companies are likely to follow suit.
May 12, 2004

Microsoft patches new Windows flaw

The software company says the security hole, which could enable an attacker to remotely execute malicious code, poses an "important" risk.
May 11, 2004

Microsoft: Separate trail led to second virus writer

The suspected author of the Agobot program was arrested by German police the same day they nabbed the alleged writer of the Sasser worm. Microsoft says "two different paths led to two different cases."
May 10, 2004