Dover Coastguards disabled by computer worm

Contributed by admin on May 04, 2004 - 10:13 PM

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<FONT color=black>Dover Coastguards and the other 18 stations around the UK have been severely disrupted after the Sasser computer worm brought down IT systems
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The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said staff had reverted to manual map reading as soon as its computerised mapping systems started to fail.

<FONT color=black>A UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said search and rescue operations were not affected and there was no danger to the public.

<FONT color=black>The coastguard service is the latest casualty of the worm, which is thought to have affected millions of Windows PC users since it was first discovered o­n 1 May.

<FONT color=black>Unlike recent viruses, Sasser does not travel by e-mail but makes its way around the internet unaided.

<FONT color=black>It can infect PCs running Windows 2000 and Windows XP that are not protected against the system loophole it exploits.