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Code Red Variant Spreads

Symantec Corp. issued a warning Wednesday that a variant to the Code Red II virus is infecting vulnerable Microsoft Internet Information Services software worldwide. The worm, dubbed Code.Red.F, is similar to the Code Red worm that infected hundreds of thousands of servers around the globe in July 2001 and marked the beginning of a new generation of malicious code, the “blended threat,” that uses multiple methods to infect systems and spread mayhem. The new Code Red variant isn’t expected to infect nearly as many systems as its predecessor or the recent Slammer worm because most systems running the vulnerable Microsoft IIS software have been patched. Patches that secure against this worm have been available since spring 2001. Symantec has given Code.Red.F a threat level 3 status, or “moderate.” Full Story

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