Internet worm spreads to MU

Tuesday, August 12, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:51 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

A worm that affected tens of thousands of computers worldwide on Monday slowed down computer services at MU during the afternoon and evening.

The Information Access and Technology Service at MU confirmed the campus computer system was affected by the worm, which carries a computer virus. IATS posted a yellow alert on its Web site, stating part of its system experienced “reduced quality of service,” but by 7:35 p.m., it showed that the campus network and Internet service was stable.

The worm had spread rapidly Monday across the Internet, causing computers to restart and coordinating an electronic attack against Microsoft Corp. It is scheduled to carry out a “Denial of Service” attack on from Aug. 16 to Dec. 31 of every year, said Yunsun Wee, spokeswoman for Symantec Security Response.

The worm, w32.blaster.worm, became known as “LovSan” because of a note that it left behind on vulnerable computers: “I just want to say LOVE YOU SAN!” The message also taunted Microsoft founder Bill Gates, saying, “billy gates why do you make this possible? Stop making money and fix your software!”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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