Educators who use Windows-based computers at school or at home have an urgent new reason to patch a serious flaw that was discovered in nearly all versions of Windows last month: An internet-borne infection incapacitated tens of thousands of computers Aug. 12, snarling company networks and frustrating home users as it spread across the globe.

Security officials said the virus-like worm, dubbed "LovSan," was part of a coordinated electronic attack that exploited one of the most serious flaws yet discovered in Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating systems.

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