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Blaster hits Japan's post office

A VIRUS-like internet worm has disrupted the computer network of Japan’s post offices, disabling mail tracking systems for hours. Japan Post said in a statement on its web site that a variant of the “Blaster” worm crippled 2,500 computers at 678 outlets in cities along the Japan Sea coastline, from around noon (0300 GMT) on Wednesday. Officials were unable to track special document and package deliveries for the remainder of the day, though there were no reports of damaged computer files, it said. It wasn’t clear if that would translate into delivery delays. Japan Post didn’t say how soon the tracking system was expected to be up and running again. The worm was detected when terminals in Toyama, Ishikawa and Fukui prefectures (states) automatically activated anti-virus software, the statement said. The computers were immediately disconnected from the network to prevent a wider infection. Full Story

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