Techs begin task of fixing worm's damage

Thursday, 14 August 2003, 12:27 AM EST

Technicians began repairing the damage Wednesday from a worm that disabled computers around the world and sent businesses scrambling to update their software to prevent new attacks.

The virus-like worm, dubbed "LovSan" or "blaster," attacked Microsoft operating systems with an inundation of data packets early this week, triggering computers running Windows to shut down and restart.

The attack forced Maryland's motor vehicle agency to close for the day and kicked Swedish Internet users offline as it spread.

Security experts said the world was lucky this time because LovSan is comparatively mild and doesn't destroy files. They worry that a subsequent attack exploiting the same flaw one of the most severe to afflict Windows could be much more damaging.

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