Sasser infection rate accelerates

Friday, 7 May 2004, 2:18 PM EST

The rapidly evolving Sasser computer worm has torn across the internet, disrupting home computer and corporate systems, including Westpac Bank, and stoking fears of more potent outbreaks to come.

First detected over the weekend, the worm has already infected, by some estimates, over one million PCs and knocked out computer systems at banks, transport reservation systems and at European Commission offices.

Unlike previous internet worms, Sasser infects vulnerable PCs without any action by the user like opening attachments, allowing it to spread very quickly.

At The Age.

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