Computer experts are saying the Sasser Worm
will be around for a long time to come. The actual name of the Sasser Worm virus is
Sasser.B, Sasser.D or Worm_Sasser.B. The worm causes computers to unexpectantly reboot.
Fortunatly, it doesn't delete any files.
You can be infected just by being connected to the Internet
running a Microsoft Windows operating system and not applying the vulnerability patch
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-011.
This is the vulnerability patch released by Microsoft on April 13, 2004. Microsoft has
announced that over 1.5 million people have visted their web site so far to find out how
to get rid of the virus. Viruses can go through a long period of cleanup, re-infect,
cleanup, re-infect, so it's important to get the patch installed on your computer.
Sasser was not an e-mail based virus. It exploited a
vulnerability in the Windows 32-bit operating system, specifically the Local Security
Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS).
Sasser infected hundreds of thousands of computers around the
world including hospitals, banks, airlines, government agencies and homes. Maury County School
District in Tennessee, had 1,000 of it's 3000 computers infected. The Sasser worm infected
Delta Airlines so badly that it cancelled about 40 flights and delayed many others. The UK
Coastguard's computers and networks were completely offline for several hours. If you're
running an older version of Windows you don't have to worry. Sasser only infects Windows
2000 and Windows XP operating systems.
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