Defense fights off Code Red virus attacks

Defense fights off Code Red virus attacks

The Defense Department temporarily blocked public access to its Web sites last week until a threat posed by the Code Red computer virus subsided.

Authorized government users had full access to Defense Web sites and the Internet, said Maj. Barry Venable, spokesman for the Space Command in Colorado Springs, Colo., which monitors Defense networks. Access to the military sites was restored within a day.

Venable said Code Red had affected some systems and interrupted some network services. But there was no major damage, he said.

The worm was first noticed about a week earlier, and some reports estimated that it hit more than 225,000 systems globally.

One of the virus' intended targets was the White House Web site, according to network protection company eEye Digital Security of Aliso Viejo, Calif. But the White House technology team eluded the attack.

'D.S. Onley

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