Originally Published: Sunday, 2 January 2000 Author: Derrick H. Lewis
Published to: news_enhance_security/Security News Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Unix Millennium Bug

There may be a Unix Millennium bug. At least the Korean Security Agency says so.

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A spokesperson for Korea Information Security Agency (KISA) announced on Friday that it had discovered a millennium computer bug while investigating a hacking incident reported by a corporation. It also mentioned that the bug was in the process of attacking 477 computers when they found it. The program was similar to a worm virus, but while most worms attack internet linked computers using the "Windows" operating system, this one was programmed to automatically find weaknesses and attack computers utilizing "Unix." In 1998 a similar virus found in the States caused 7,500 government and public institution servers to crash within 24 hours.

(Lee Ji-hun, jhl@chosun.com)

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