Future Internet attacks expected Monday

Experts are warning that the malicious computer code which disrupted the Internet this weekend may resume its attacks on Monday.

In South Korea, which was badly affected by the attack, systems engineers are racing to repair Internet networks amid fears Monday would bring new outbreaks as businesses switch on their computers for the new working week. South Korean Information Minister, Lee Sang-Chul, said he believed the problem was hiding, rather than fully resolved.

The attack, which brought down access to Neowin, and an estimated 1/3 of the Internet community was caused by a worm which exploited vulnerabilities in Microsoft's SQL Server program which runs a majority of the Internet's core information networks. Experts have said nearly a quarter of a million servers worldwide were effected Saturday, mostly in the United States, South Korea, and India. The attack, which targets Internet servers and does not infect home computers, slowed systems for several hours, affecting web browsing and e-mail delivery.

Internet security monitors at the FBI detected the attack shortly after it was launched on Saturday, limiting the damage.

News source: WinBeta.Org

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