Windows Blaster worm to attack Microsoft on Saturday; Macintosh unaffected

“Security experts who have studied Blaster say its code will wake up every infected computer Saturday and make it visit the Microsoft Web site that publishes fixes and updates to its software. This tactic, called a denial-of- service attack, is designed to swamp a Web site and shut it down. Blaster’s code also contains this message: ‘Billy Gates why do you make this possible? Stop making money and fix your software,'”reports Tom Abate for the San Francisco Chronicle.

“Taylor said it appeared that Blaster’s creator, or creators, have found a way to infect large numbers of home computers and then to use these infected machines to attack Microsoft — a tactic that seems to be a novelty. ‘It will be very interesting to see how the Net is going to handle this,’ said Taylor, who thinks traffic on the Web could increase 10-fold on Saturday – – potentially disrupting the overall Internet while also making it difficult for Microsoft to do business as usual,” Abate reports.

Abate continues, “In San Francisco, where construction engineer Clay Drake was handling a tantrum from his 9-month-old baby at the same time that his new Windows PC was crashing, whatever means necessary couldn’t come soon enough. ‘It kinda makes me want to go back to my Macintosh,’ said Drake, a longtime Apple user who only recently bought his first PC.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Clay, what were you thinking? What kind of “longtime Apple user” switches to Windows XP?


  1. Anyone gets what they deserve when they willingly use a peecee… and then don’t take the time (lots and LOTS of time) to keep the virus protection and system updates current…

  2. Virus protection is a joke. The virus isn’t accounted for by the software until it is already on the loose. Wintel users will continue to be victims until they wise up and stop opening every attachment that hits their inbox. Of course, then someone will just have to get creative in how they write their viruses. Viruses like MSBlast could be written by an 8 year old.

  3. Owning a PC is a full time job that most Wintel using dopes are never told by their Mac bigot friends and computers sales jerks when they go in to buy a computer,

    I have no sympathy for anyone who falls victim to this and any future attack on the swiss cheese security system included in the Windows OS.

    Must suck to be so fricking stupid!

  4. Well i know that i own and use a PC for all my activities (only until i buy a new mac for school, soon hopefully ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />) and all you had to do was get the patch that microsoft had out months ago!! i mean i have had no problems with my computer lately! and anyone who is stupid enough not to apply every patch that microsoft comes out with (yes i know it seems like millions, but that is what you get with shotty software) is stupid, and should have seen this comming!

  5. Most Wintel users put up with the constant windows saying error 3373 or whatnot figuring that all OS’s have the same problem. Mac OS X wouldn’t have this message and if it did it would be IN ENGLISH.

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