Infected sites can become unstable, slow down and, in some cases, display the message "Hacked By Chinese!" although there is no evidence that this worm originated in China. All we know is that it has spread to servers throughout the world.
Mark Maiffret, a technician at eEye Digital Security, a Southern California-based Internet security firm, said that his company disassembled the worm's code and found that it was set to launch a Denial of Service (DOS) attack against the White House Web site last night at 8:00 p.m. EDT. However, the site did not go down or even slow down at that time.
Keynote Systems, a San Mateo, Calif., company that monitors Internet traffic, reported no unusual problems at the White House site. The only unusual Internet problems noted by Keynote were "Internet backbone slowdowns in the aftermath of yesterday's CSX train derailment in Baltimore, probably due to damage to fiber optic lines."
White House spokesman Jimmy Orr would not confirm or deny specific actions taken but did say that "we've taken preventative measures aimed at minimizing any impact of the omputer virus known as Code Red."
While the White House may have avoided any disruptions from the Code Red worm, the danger is not over. Steve Trilling, director of Research for Symantec, maker of a variety of Internet security products, said that it is impossible to tell right away the possible extent of the worm and the damage it could cause. He did confirm that the worm was triggered to launch a denial of service attack against the White House site and that it has infected an unspecified number of Windows-based sites around the world.
On May 22, the White House site was inaccessible for six hours as a result of a DOS attack. It was also down on May 7th and May 4th.
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