Microsoft braces for Saturday 'blast'

Thursday, 14 August 2003, 12:03 AM EST

Starting on Saturday, August 16, each computer infected by the ``Blaster'' Internet worm will begin sending packets of data several times per second to the Microsoft site in an attempt to knock it offline.

The targeted Web site is http://www.windowsupdate.com, the site Microsoft uses to distribute updates of its Windows operating system that runs an overwhelming majority of the world's computers.

Blaster has been spreading across the Internet since Monday. On Wednesday, security experts in Europe reported that the worm, which targets computers running on Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT and Server 2003 software, was still infecting machines, though at a slower rate.

But the clean-up is far from over.

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