The Code Red computer worm is finally slowing down, after infecting thousands of computers. The security company that first discovered the computer virus says the swift-moving worm might have been stopped much sooner if not for the FBI?s caution about publicizing security threats.
The worm hit more than 700,000 computers in July and August 2001, depositing a virus that was then automatically sent on to the user?s mailing list. It also attacked government internet sites, such as the White House website. The volume of forwarded messages engendered by the worm slowed down all internet traffic.