Quickly spreading Microsoft Windows worm affects CNN, ABC, NY Times; Apple Macintosh unaffected

“A fast-moving computer worm Tuesday shut down computer systems using Microsoft operating software, hitting computer systems across the United States and reportedly in Germany and Asia,” CNN reports.

“Among those hit were offices on Capitol Hill and media organizations, including CNN, ABC and The New York Times. The Caterpillar Co. in Peoria, Illinois, reportedly also had problems,” CNN reports. “While the worm primarily affects Windows 2000, it also can affect some early versions of Microsoft XP, said Johannes Ullrich, director of the Sans Institute… David Perry of Trend Micro, an Internet monitoring firm, said the latest worm may have been derived from the Zotob worm, which was first reported over the weekend.”

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50 Comments

  1. From CNN:

    “Microsoft has a downloadable patch on its security homepage, Microsoft.com/security, a company spokesperson said. The spokesperson told CNN that Microsoft would not estimate how many users have been affected and described the problem as low-impact.”

    Typical Microsoft BS.

    MW: normal. As in, this is ‘normal” for Microsoft.

  2. It was such low impact that it only affected a couple national news organizations and our nations epicenter of law. You would imagine that the news organizations would be well enough informed as to update their computers to avoid such issues, I mean, of any of them I’d expect Fox to be the first one hit with their apparent lack of interest in actually researching things.
    I’m glad that the article starts by stating which operating systems, sorry, system was affected.

  3. “From CNN:

    “Microsoft has a downloadable patch on its security homepage, Microsoft.com/security, a company spokesperson said. The spokesperson told CNN that Microsoft would not estimate how many users have been affected and described the problem as low-impact.”

    Uh yeah, low impact. That’s why we were scrambling Monday and Tuesday to test the stupid patch and get it deployed. Still had some machines get hit before we could get the patch out.

  4. Shameful. Two things.

    (1) Goes to show that maybe those folks in the IT department aren’t too bright and;

    (2) Windows just plain sucks.

    It would have been cool to have had CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and C-SPAN all go down b/c of a Windows virus. Then maybe someone would make Microsoft accountable for writing such shoddy software.

  5. It’s funny….

    Go to Technorati and see the deluge of people bitching about the virus that hit them today on their blogs…

    MW, Trade, as in, would you trade Windows for a Mac? Hell yeah!

  6. Damn, go to CNet and read the comments from the Windows apologists relating this to Apple’s security update.

    Man, some people are ignorant.

    MW: money. As in, it’s all about the “money” isn’t it Mr. Gates?

  7. Just sit back and think…

    As we gloat over our superior OSX, some overweight schmuck is under his desk unplugging his computer from the Internet in hopes to getting it back to normal.

    What a great day to be a Mac user. Human stampedes, viruses spreading like viruses…

    LOL…stupid Windoze users.

  8. CNN is heavy Mac based. I can just see the fscking smug looks Mac users glance at their goddamm stupid @ss WinPC users.

    CNN should just force all of them over to Mac’s and be done with it.

    The NY Times loves Mac’s so they should have more of their machines go over to Mac as well.

    ABC is a bunch of Microsoft bootlicking b@stards, so expect them to continue to suffer.

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