Code Red sourced to China

The Code Red virus has reportedly been traced to a Chinese University following an FBI investigation. According to reports in Guardian Unlimited the worm is believed to have originated in a university in Guangdong, China.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  September 3, 2001

The Code Red virus has reportedly been traced to a Chinese University following an FBI investigation. According to reports in Guardian Unlimited the worm is believed to have originated in a university in the Guangdong area of China.

The US launched an investigation into the virus after it infected over 300,000 machines, and even attacked the White House web site with a bombardment of requests.

According to the report, Keith Rhodes, chief technologist of the general accounting office (GAO) revealed the findings of the investigation to the House committee on government reform, but added that no one country or person is being treated as a key suspect.

However, while investigations may have identified the source of the worm, virus experts are again warning of another outbreak of Code Red. The virus, which is triggered on the first day of each month for 20 days, is not expected to wreak so much havoc this time however as most users have patched up their systems.

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