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Internet worm targeting Microsoft systems spreads worldwide.

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 Kyodo

A new computer worm targeting Microsoft operating systems is spreading rapidly through the Internet and has affected about 125,000 computers worldwide, Symantec Corp. said Tuesday.

The worm dubbed ''Blaster'' or ''Lovsan'' had struck computers in the United States, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Australia and Germany as of Tuesday evening, according to the maker of the popular Norton AntiVirus program.

The worm's spread is being reported nearly one month after Microsoft Corp. posted a free patch on its Web site designed to prevent attacks from new types of worms that target flaws in its operating systems.

But many users have not taken advantage of the patch, giving the worm room to cause widespread infection, computer industry officials said.

Probes into the attack have reportedly found a message aimed at Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates that says, ''Billy Gates why do you make this possible? Stop making money and fix your software!''
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Date:Aug 18, 2003
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