latest variant of the Code Red worm, security experts say. But officials at Road Runner, AtHome, and other cable Internet service providers insist the situation is under control. "Customers are finding a slower experience on all of our networks right now" as a result of Code Red II, said Sarah Eder, a spokeswoman for AT&T Broadband, which provides cable-modem service to millions of subscribers to the AtHome service, as well as to former MediaOne cable customers.
The rogue application, which disappears from computer memory after one or two days, secretly installs a backdoor on infected Web servers, making them vulnerable to hijacking. "I think there are enough hackers in the world that will look for machines they can own. It's not difficult to find them. It is very easy to control a large number of machines," Cooper said.
One in ten Web users in Yorkshire have confessed to accessing the Net in the buff, according to a survey conducted by NOP on behalf of AOL UK.
It also found that three in ten West Country women claim they've accessed the Net in nothing but a pair knickers.
Search engine Google is making a profit and has done so for the past two quarters, according to Eric Schmidi, its new CEO and former boss of Novell.
As Google is privately held, it doesn't have to announce its financial results under US law, and so it hasn't bothered to do so. Not that Schmidt has actually supplied any figures, but the profit - he jokes - is not just because Google didn't buy any pencils last month.
A meaner version of the Code Red Internet worm has begun showing up on Chinese computers despite claims last week that Chinese-language versions of the vulnerable operating systems were immune to the virus, a security expert said Tuesday. "The situation is beginning to move more quickly and spread more widely this week," said a technical support manager at Beijing Rising Technology Corp, a virus protection company.