in Lawrence public offices
The "Code Red" worm virus apparently hasn't slithered its way into public computer systems in Lawrence.
Officials at the city, Lawrence Public Schools, Douglas County and Kansas University said their systems hadn't been infected by the worm, which threatens to slow Web servers by sending streams of data to computers using the Microsoft NT and Microsoft 2000 operating systems.
"It obviously is very devastating, from what you read in the papers and all," said Jerree Catlin, KU's associate director of academic computing services.
Technicians at KU and the county said they downloaded the software patch recommended by Microsoft to decrease their vulnerability to the worm.
"We made sure all our virus checking software was updated," said Jim Lawson, the county's information services director. "We'll keep an eye on it, but we don't anticipate any problems."