FBI and Microsoft warn about worm

WASHINGTON: To muzzle one of the largest automatic infections in

the history of the Internet, the FBI has partnered with Microsoft and

seven other public and private organizations to motivate the

computer-using public to protect itself and the Internet against further


Deborah Weierman, spokes-person for the FBI and the overall project

leader, told PRWeek it took unprecedented cooperation between the

government, industry, and the private sector to alert citizens of the

worm's potential harm to the global Internet community.

"Our message was: this was a worm that could cause significant damage to

the functionality of the Internet," said Weierman.

More than 120,000 computer servers have been corrupted by the Code Red

virus, which attacks Windows NT and Windows 2000 computers set to use

the English language.

Microsoft spokesperson Jim Desler said one of his prime concerns was to

protect Microsoft from critics who complain that the software giant's

programs are especially vulnerable to virus attack. "We emphasized the

measures we took before the virus was discovered and the cooperation we

exhibited with high-level industry and government leaders on this

matter," said Desler.

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