July 20, 2001 |
A computer worm dubbed "Code Red" programmed some 225,000 computers to launch an electronic attack on the White House Web site Thursday. The attack was ineffective. The goal of the attack was to shut down the site and perhaps slow other Internet traffic. The worm defaced Web sites operated by the infected computers with the message: "HELLO! Welcome to http://www.worm.com! Hacked by Chinese!"