New strain of Code Red worm reported on Internet |

New strain of Code Red worm reported on Internet

WASHINGTON (AP) – Computer security experts warned Sunday of the spread of a variant of the Code Red worm that infected computers around the world last week.

The new strain, named Code Red II, attacks the same Internet-connected computers that were vulnerable to Code Red. Instead of just defacing Web sites and attempting to spread itself, however, the new worm leaves a ”back door” open on infected computers.

”This makes the computer available to whoever wants to get in,” said Russ Cooper, surgeon general for TruSecure Corp., a computer security firm. ”Anyone who finds one of these boxes can do anything they want to it.”

Code Red II began spreading around the Internet Saturday morning.

”It won’t affect machines that have already been patched,” Cooper said. ”Anyone who took precautions against Code Red should be safe against Code Red II.”

Web site administrators running Microsoft Windows NT and 2000 operating systems, along with the Internet Information Services software, should download Microsoft’s patch from the company’s Web site. Home users running Windows 95, 98 or Me are not vulnerable.

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