F-Secure Corporation, a data security company, reported the fourth major computer virus alert within the past 24 hours, making this week the worst week ever for viruses in the history of computing.

The Lovsan (or Blaster) network worm started to spread on Monday, August 11, 2003. The worm spreads in an executable named MSBLAST.EXE to Windows 2000 and Windows XP systems unless recent Windows security patches have been applied. The infection is completely invisible to the end user and the worm will then keep on replicating from every infected machine. Lovsan has already infected hundreds of thousands computers and addition to the first Lovsan three new variants have been found. The latest one, Lovsan.D, was discovered on August 19, 2003.

Register or login for access to this item and much more

All Information Management content is archived after seven days.

Community members receive:
  • All recent and archived articles
  • Conference offers and updates
  • A full menu of enewsletter options
  • Web seminars, white papers, ebooks

Don't have an account? Register for Free Unlimited Access