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Sasser Worm

John Simkin

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A new computer virus began spreading rapidly across the internet last night. A Russian programming team called the Skynet Anti-Virus Group is responsible for the Sasser worm. It is also sending out an email claiming to offer an antidote to the worm. When users open the file attached to the email, they are infected with another virus called Netsky. The Sasser worm is not spread via email. Instead, the worm searches for computers connected to the Internet which do not have the latest security updates loaded and downloads itself to the machine's hard drive. Users who have firewall software installed and switched on, or who have chosen to receive automatic security updates from Microsoft, are unlikely to be affected by the Sasser worm.


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