More schools experience Windows virus, worm problems while Macs just keep working

“The ‘sobig’ virus, one of the most recent computer programs sent over e-mail with malicious intent, works by sending unsolicited ‘spam’ to addresses found on a Microsoft Windows-based operating system. The virus, as well as a variant of the old ‘Blaster’ worm, has hit some local Internet providers and educational institutions hard,” reports Jack Gillum for The Tucson Citizen.

“‘This is as much of a form of terrorism as you can get,’ said Tyler Kilian, technology director for Dakotacom.net, a local Internet service provider. Effects from the ‘sobig’ virus at Dakotacom.net surfaced early in the week, but generally are under control now, Kilian said. The company also had problems caused by the Blaster.D worm. The flood of traffic caused by the virus’ ‘spam’ has put an extra load on the ISP’s routers, which control and direct Internet traffic,” Gillum reports.

“That has meant employees have had to stay past normal shift hours to answer customer complaints and address problems. ‘Everyone’s working longer hours. The customers are frustrated,’ Kilian said. Dakotacom.net has about 2,000 high-speed DSL accounts whose service is affected by the virus. At the University of Arizona yesterday, tens of thousands of infected e-mails were coming across the campus network, said telecommunications supervisor Ted Frohling. Security teams at UA, however, have had more of a problem with the recurring Blaster.D worm, which is “extremely aggressive” in attacking individual computers and sending a flood of data to other computers on a network, Frohling said,” Gillum reports.

“In Vail Unified School District, administrators noticed a slowdown caused by the high volume of e-mails. ‘For the most part, we’ve been protected,’ said Superintendent Calvin Baker. Vail, a predominately Apple Computer-based district, has seen problems mainly with Windows machines on its campuses. Workers took some labs running those systems off the Internet and repaired them, Baker said. The district is in its fourth week of school. Apple Computer-maker Macintosh, as well as UNIX and UNIX-like operating systems, such as Linux, aren’t affected by the virus or worm, according to the antivirus software company Symantec,” Gillum reports.

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17 Comments

  1. Hey, Gordon – thanks for the link to that PDF – any ammunition I can gather to get my Dad to chuck his Win98 machine – a Dull 486/233 (!) – that he’s had forEVER and finally get a Mac is helpful. Boy, he’s stubborn…

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