I was having some Internet problems last night, constantly being disconnected, and now I know why:
TOKYO – A computer virus “worm” triggered worldwide Internet trouble earlier in the day, Internet security companies said Saturday. According to F-Secure Corp, a Finland-based company, problems such as slow access occurred as the virus randomly sent out massive amounts of data in a bid to infect targets.
As a result, five of 13 computers called “root servers” located in countries including Japan and the United States received the most serious damage, it said.
The worm has been given several names including “SQL Slammer.”
The Internet trouble hit Japan and other Asian countries on Saturday and lasted about 12 hours but gradually tapered off.