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Web Worm Hits Windows, Crashes Computers Worldwide

An Internet worm that attacks Windows operating systems spread across the globe on Tuesday, infecting and crashing home and office computers faster than technicians could install safeguards. And a computer systems engineer says the worm, which specifically targets computers running Windows XP and Windows 2000, could spread for another couple of days before tapering off. At least 124,000 computers using Microsoft Corp.’s ubiquitous Windows software have been infected worldwide, according to a sample by Symantec Corp.’s Security Response sensor network. “Corporate networks are getting hit pretty hard,” said Alfred Huger, a senior director of engineering at Symantec. “Hundreds of machines are spontaneously rebooting throughout the environment.” Full Story

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