MSBlast worm outbreak 'infected 8 million PCs'
Microsoft claims epidemic far larger than previous estimates. New data from Microsoft suggests that at least eight million Windows computers have been infected by the MSBlast, or Blaster, worm since last August – many times more than previously thought. The latest data comes from the software giant’s ability to track the usage of an online tool that its engineers created to clean systems infected with the worm. Since the January release of the tool, more than 16 million of the systems that connected to Microsoft’s Windows Update service were found to be infected with MSBlast and were offered a patch and the use of the disinfecting tool, the software giant told silicon.com’s sister site CNET News.com. During the same period, about eight million systems actually called on Update to patch them and prevent reinfection and used the special tool to remove the worm. Full Story