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.