Microsoft said it had thwarted a hacker's attempt to attack the software maker's most important website with a computer worm that itself contained a critical flaw.
The so-called Blaster worm, which still infects an estimated 300,000 computers worldwide, was programmed to bombard the Windows Update site from the stroke of midnight in each country Saturday morning. The attacks began midmorning Friday in the United States when clocks on infected computers in Australia struck midnight.
But security experts said the worm was poorly designed because it targeted the "windowsupdate.com" website, which redirected users to Microsoft's update page, "windowsupdate.microsoft.com", rather than targeting the actual update page itself.
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