Worm damage could have been reduced

Wednesday, 5 May 2004, 3:33 PM EST

Far fewer computers would have been disabled by the latest Internet worm had their owners configured them to automatically get the latest security fixes.

Sasser's spread began to stabilise Tuesday, but only after infecting hundreds of thousands of computers since Friday by exploiting a known Windows flaw for which Microsoft Corp. issued a software patch three weeks ago.

Twenty British Airways flights were each delayed about 10 minutes Tuesday due to Sasser troubles at check-in desks, while British coastguard stations used pen and paper for charts normally generated by computer.

At ninemsn.

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