May 2, 2004

Sasser worm hits three leading Microsoft operating systems - experts

WASHINGTON : A new Internet worm spreading worldwide hits computers with certain Microsoft operating systems and causes no apparent damage, but closes down the operating system and sends it into a re-boot loop, two US computer security firms said.

The Sasser worm "breaks into your computer and then attempts to break into others. It chooses its victims randomly," said Alfred Huger, Senior Director of Engineering at Symantec, based in Cupertino, California.

The virus affects computers operating Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP, but not Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, or Windows NT, according to Symantec.

Nor are computers using the Macintosh, Linux or UNIX systems affected, said the company.

Link: Channel News Asia

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