Several George Mason Computers Infected By Blaster Worm

Posted: August 14, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A worm, known as Blaster, has infected a number of computers at George Mason, as well as many home machines owned by faculty, staff, and students. The university has blocked the ports through which the worm enters George Mason machines, an action which could affect the ability of some users to conduct remote operations.

Infected computers within the university, however, continue to infect other George Mason machines. Staff members from Field Services and the Support Center have been assisting users with the repair and protection of their computers. Staff members from Network Engineering have been scanning the network to find infected machines and unprotected but vulnerable machines. According to Microsoft, computers running Windows XP, 2000, and NT4 are vulnerable. The staff members are attempting to notify those people whose machines appear to be infected or vulnerable.

Another scan will be run this morning. Any computers found to be infected or vulnerable will be taken off the network. A patch to protect your computer, and a tool that will enable you to remove the worm if infected, is available on the Information Technology Unit (ITU) web site.

For more information, contact the ITU Support Center at (703) 993-8870.

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