[ISN] Chinese Ministry Reports Situation of Code Red II

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Date: Tue Aug 28 2001 - 02:57:14 PDT

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    August 28, 2001
    China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS) Monday issue a report on the
    situation of the Code Red II computer virus in China, which has
    infected a large number of Chinese computer operating systems.
    Since the virus first broke out in July in other countries including
    the United States, the Chinese public security departments have kept a
    close eye on its development.
    On August 6th, it was confirmed that the virus had entered Chinese
    computer systems and had started spreading through the Internet.
    The MPS immediately issued a nationwide warning and organized computer
    experts and anti-virus software producers to provide relative
    emergency services.
    According to estimates, by August 22nd, the virus had attacked nearly
    600 network units and over 1,000 servers in more than 20 provinces,
    autonomous regions and municipalities, paralyzing many IPS operating
    Due to effective emergency measures, the virus has been largely
    controlled in China and many websites and computer systems have
    already returned to normal operation.
    Chinese computer systems have a high rate of virus infection.
    According to a recent survey by the MPS, some 73% of Chinese computers
    have been infected with viruses at least once. The number infected at
    least three times stands as high as 59%.
    The MPS warned computer users, especially party or government
    departments, scientific research institutes, and financial or
    securities institutions, to enhance their defense capability against
    virus attacks.
    It is learned that the problem has already been solved by Microsoft,
    the creator of Windows 2000 and NT, the operating systems that are
    vulnerable to the Code Red worm. Microsoft has provided a patch that
    eliminates the vulnerability.
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