Worm's growth contained as deadline looms

Friday, 15 August 2003, 11:52 AM EST

The MSBlast worm's infection rate has slowed as companies and home users clean up compromised computers, according to antivirus firms.

Named after the msblast.exe file that contains the program, MSBlast continued to spread to new computers on Thursday, but the rate of infection has slowed significantly. Since Monday at noon, the worm had infected as least 330,000 computers, according to security company Symantec.

"We had an exponential growth on Monday, but it has dramatically slowed down," said Vincent Weafer, senior director for the company's security response team. Symantec has dubbed the worm "W32/Blaster."

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