Sasser is fastest written Windows worm

Wednesday, 5 May 2004, 4:36 PM EST

The "Sasser" computer worm now plaguing computers around the world was based on a critical software flaw revealed by Microsoft just 17 days before the worm's release.

Microsoft revealed a total of 20 software bugs in a bulletin issued on 13 April and the first version of Sasser appeared on 30 April. Over the next few days this and three variants - tweaked to improve the speed of infection - succeeded in infecting many hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide.

By Will Knight at New Scientist.

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