- The latest threat from the Code Red worm apparently caused no major problems last weekend. The worm had been downgraded last week by the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) .
The NIPC had updated its security warnings related to Code Red last Thursday, advising that although systems infected with the worm were scheduled Sunday to launch another round of distributed denial-of-service attacks against the White House web server, the dangers were seen as "significantly reduced."
A spokesman at the CERT Coordination Center, a computer security operation at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, says that no new major problems were seen related to Code Red over the weekend on the internet.
"I think this is a non-event," the spokesman says. "All of the [internet service providers] have done the right things" in patching their servers and rerouting traffic.
A spokeswoman for the NIPC couldn't be reached for comment.
The Code Red worm has infected hundreds of thousands of systems running Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Information Services (IIS) software since coming to light July 19.
Much of the continued threat from the worm has been reduced, according to the NIPC, because many vulnerable systems have been patched to seal the security hole that allowed the worm to invade. Since a large number of systems have since been patched, the potential for a widespread slowdown of Internet traffic is minimal, according to the NIPC.
Meanwhile, the NIPC still urges all users of Windows 2000 Professional, Server and Advanced Server and Windows NT Server to download and install the available patches.
Last Wednesday, Microsoft announced two new security tools aimed at improving the download and distribution rate of the security patches.