MOVIES: Internet Pandemic

Science  03 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5531, pp. 767
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5531.767a

The Code Red computer worm swept across the Internet last month with astonishing speed, disrupting over 359,000 computers within just 14 hours. Researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center's CAIDA project, which monitors Internet traffic, have produced an animation showing Code Red's spread from 19 to 20 July. Red circles representing infected computers appear first in the United States, Europe, and East Asia, then mushroom into a mass of red covering much of several continents. The worm's mission was to attack the White House Web site, a plan foiled when the White House changed its server's numeric Internet address. But David Moore of CAIDA calls Code Red “a wake-up call.”

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