[linux-elitists] CNET: Another worm, more patches
Fri Sep 21 08:21:21 PDT 2001
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LONDON (Reuters) - The persistent Nimda computer virus, which attacks
corporate computer systems and personal computers alike, regained momentum in
Europe overnight while it showed signs of weakening elsewhere around the
Trend Micro [software firm] also detected that on Thursday night the virus
was at its most active state in Europe, registering 10 to 15 attacks per
second on the firm's corporate firewall. ``I've never seen such a rate
before,'' said Raimund Genes, European vice president of sales and marketing
for Trend Micro.
Other security officials reported on Friday re-infestations of Nimda
occurring. The bug first appeared on Tuesday in the United States. It spread
rapidly to corporations, government organizations and home Internet users in
Asia and Europe shortly afterwards.
Nimda has been particularly virulent because of its unique makeup. Unlike
previous computer infestations, Nimda has been programmed to infect computers
via e-mail, much like last year's Love Bug virus. It also behaves like a worm
in that it attacks computer servers and spreads around the Internet looking
for vulnerable Web sites to infect and attach to unsuspecting users' Web
browsers to propagate further.
The bug has claimed numerous victims. German electronics conglomerate Siemens
AG [note: not SuSE] was hit on Wednesday, the company confirmed. There have
also been reports that a number of banks, Internet Service providers and
government sites in Europe have been impacted.
On Friday, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter issued a note explaining that the Nimda
virus was impacting its ability to distribute research notes to clients. ``We
expect the situation to be resolved in the next couple of days,'' the bank
said in the note.
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