Zotob Windows worm knocks out North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles

The Zotob Windows worm infected computers at Division of Motor Vehicles offices throughout North Carolina early Tuesday morning. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) said the virus affected the computers in tag offices, not licensing offices. According to NCDOT, the virus has been contained and offices should be up and running again by Friday.

NCDOT, which employs about 14,000 people and is responsible for the second-largest U.S. state-maintained highway system (over 78,000 miles), runs Windows at all offices, sources told MacDailyNews.

Zotob is yet another Windows worm. Users of Apple Macintosh computers running Mac OS X are unaffected as usual.

MacDailyNews Take: Let’s see here: early Tuesday morning to sometime Friday throughout the entire state. How much did that outage cost North Carolina? Enough to have purchased Macs instead?

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23 Comments

  1. “According to NCDOT, the virus has been contained and offices should be up and running again by Friday.”

    WTF? Contained you say? Sounds like it must have wiped everything out first if it’s going to take 3 days to get things up and running again! When will these sheep ever learn that there is a better way?

  2. upon a star…

    I wish there was software that could run a mid size business on a Mac. I’s shift my Server farm in a hearbeat. Alsa, this isn’t the case. We need to convince some Oracle and Filemaker developers to get on the stick. Until then its patch ho, patch ho its off to patch I go… all the time hugging my mac laptop computer….

  3. “I wish there was software that could run a mid size business on a Mac. I’s shift my Server farm in a hearbeat. Alsa, this isn’t the case. We need to convince some Oracle and Filemaker developers to get on the stick. Until then its patch ho, patch ho its off to patch I go… all the time hugging my mac laptop computer….”

    Sounds like “wish” has bought the ignorant blather of the Windows community that Macs don’t have any business software. Never mind with the facts … it’s easier to believe the idiots in the IT department.

    MDN Magic Word: “example” …

  4. “NCDOT … runs Windows at all offices, sources told MacDailyNews.”

    Wow! MacDailyNews is doing original reporting (sort of) instead of harvesting bits from other websites? Could this be the start of a trend?

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