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'Blaster' worm hits police computers 10,000 times in 24 hours.

TOKYO, Aug. 13 Kyodo

A computer virus targeting Microsoft operating systems made about 10,000 attempts to access Japanese police computers between 2 a.m. Tuesday and 2 a.m. Wednesday, the National Police Agency said.

About 3,300 attempts were made from Japan, 2,500 from the United States and 2,000 from South Korea, the agency said.

All the computers were not infected by the ''Blaster,'' a type of virus called a ''worm'' that replicates itself via Internet connections but cannot be attached to other programs or e-mail messages.

The worm, programmed to launch an attack against Microsoft computer servers starting Saturday, is spreading rapidly and has affected millions of computers worldwide.

The agency is calling on officers to be careful as their computers can affect others if infected.

Using intrusion detection systems, the agency has been monitoring 57 Internet connections around the clock used by the country's police facilities, it said.

The worm's spread is being reported nearly one month after Microsoft Corp. posted free patches on its Web site designed to counter the worm, which targets flaws in its operating systems.
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Publication:Japan Computer Industry Scan
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Date:Aug 18, 2003
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