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Web Worm Spreads, Slowing Online Search Sites
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A fast-spreading computer worm that uses Web search sites to find victims made a broad assault on computers worldwide on Monday, causing problems for Google Inc. on the day it offered new details about its initial public offering, security experts said.

The spread of the worm, a variant of an Internet attack called MyDoom, was blamed for sporadic outages and slowdowns on Google -- the most popular search engine -- as well as the search sites of Yahoo and AltaVista.

The new MyDoom worm searches victims' computers as well as Internet search engines for e-mail addresses, and propagates itself by sending an infected file to the addresses it finds, security researchers said.

"Those search requests have been overloading the search engines," said Lloyd Taylor, vice president of technology for Keynote Systems Inc., which measures Web site performance.

The worm, Taylor said, was believed to be slowing performance on Google, AltaVista, a business of Overture Services Inc., and the Web site of Yahoo Inc. .

A Yahoo spokesman said the effect of the slowdown was limited solely to their search engine, and said the site was no longer feeling its effects. The other two search companies could immediately be reached for comment.

Computer security software vendors sent warnings to customers about the worm, which has been called MyDoom.m or MyDoom.o. The original MyDoom worm spread to hundreds of thousands of computers earlier this year.

Symantec Corp., a maker of computer security software, said it had received 250 reports about the new worm in two hours, on pace with the original MyDoom attack in January.

"This is certainly equivalent to what we saw back then," said Oliver Friedrichs, a senior manager with Symantec's security response group.

Web site performance slowed broadly on Monday, suggesting the possibility that a virus or other Internet attack may be causing problems, according to Keynote.

"We are starting to see things creep up," said Keynote spokeswoman Della Lowe.

Monday's outbreak underscored the more widespread threat of Internet viruses, analysts said.
McAfee Inc. said on Monday it expected 2004 to be a record year in terms of the total number of "successful" viruses and worms, due to smarter malicious code writers and the still-common practice of computer users opening virus-laden messages.

Brian Mann, a virus outbreak manager at McAfee, said that at current rates up to 100 successful viruses and worms could run across the Internet by the end of this year compared with a total of 20 for all of 2003.

"We're already in record territory now" in terms of the number of successful viruses, which are assessed by McAfee as a "medium-risk" to "high-risk" threat, Mann said.

Several thousand malicious code threats appear every year but never gain higher status due to protections, such as firewalls, that prevent malicious code from entering computer systems. (Additional reporting by Spencer Swartz in San Francisco)

? Reuters 2004. All Rights Reserved.
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Posted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 1:41 pm
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I noticed this... well, the google slow down anyway... i was kinda upset... but i'm over it. Very Happy
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