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'MSBlast' worm widespread but slowing

The MSBlast worm has infected as many as 100,000 computers in the past 24 hours, but the program’s spread has slowed, said security researchers on Tuesday. The worm’s infection rate climbed throughout the day on Monday, but overnight the spread of the program dropped off, said Alfred Huger, senior director of engineering for security company Symantec. The reason for the slower spread is likely because of the poor programming of the worm, rather than a lack of vulnerable computers, he said. “This is the best-case worm,” Huger said. “This didn’t turn out to be Slammer, which is good for us, but there is still all the variants” that are likely to crop up. On Tuesday, new hosts were being claimed by the worm about 40 percent slower than as of the same time Monday, Huger said. Meanwhile, Microsoft confirmed it is working with law enforcement to find the person or group who released the worm. Full Story

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