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. AAAAAAAAAaaaHahahahahahehehehehehahahahaheheheh….

    Ooooh! Back now!

    Some alleged IT “professionals” will never learn.

    I am generalist training consultant, and I often do work for global companies, including their IT departments. Whenever half their companies worldwide shut down for a few days due to viruses (frequently hapens and doesn’t make it to the news) I refuse to give them any pity.

    I point out it is their risk to allegedly manage and that even in my home I refuse to have a PC, yet they spend tens of millions every year on “security” measures and look what happens. I am not a security professional, but nooone can hack into my computer, and I don’t even need anti virus software.

    Then I just watch these overpaid goons squirm like worms on sandpaper. Sometimes I love consulting. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    MW: WINDOWS: As in you spend so much money on security, so why do you leave all your Windows open???

  2. From all of us here nice and safe on our Mac’s which for over 21 years never have seen anything like this hit our machines…

    HAHAHAHAHAHA YOU DUMB WINDOWS IDIOTS!!!!

    May you rot in your Microsoft infected world.

  3. feeze:

    Yeah that tosser Thurrott still hasn’t posted about it. Which seems really odd, since he’s posted about everything else. Obviously hasn’t figured a way out of another embarrassing catastrophe he’s got himself into.

    Come in spinner.

  4. so i was just watching CNN….stupid late night tv
    anyways they were talking about the new worm that hit windows today and the interviewer asked this to one of his guest “IT” guys …CNN interviewer “if we all just switched to macs would we still have this problem?”
    Guest IT guy “well..yes these hackers are going to go where the market is….and right now the market is in windows” sadly 98% of the public will beleive this clown.
    stupid tv

  5. Yes, it never fails to amaze me how people fall that nonsensical crap. Truth is they don’t – they just rationalise out their position, they don’t reason out the correct answer, because using Windoze has become a philosophy, a world view, a professional way of life, a paradigm.

    Obviously, if I’m an IT manager and we have the usual sorts of Windows infrastructure, an ERP suite, a few Oracle databases etc. How is me shifting MY single Windows infrastructure over to Mac gonna change the whole world landscape? It’s not, I’m a drop in a vast ocean.

    Everyone knows that, they’re all just spinners for their own personal reasons. But as a professional with corporate duties I don’t think they’re entitled to “they’re own opinions”. If they’re not using Macs, they’re negligent, pure and simple.

  6. Suckers – that’s what happens when you are slave to Microsoft’s inferior OS.

    When are these people gonna learn!

    Unless your company relys on some bespoke windows software there is NO reason why companys should just go over to macs.

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