As computer systems administrators worked to clean up the damage done by the fast-spreading "Sasser" internet worm in early May, security experts noted that the attack could have been minimized had more people downloaded a software patch made available by Microsoft Corp. just three weeks before.

Launched on April 30, Sasser took advantage of a known flaw with the Windows operating system, snarling as many as 1 million computers worldwide as of May 4 and causing internet traffic to slow. Though Microsoft had announced the flaw with its so-called Local Security Authority Subsystem Service April


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