A computer worm temporarily halted production at 13 of DaimlerChrysler AG’s U.S. plants this week, according to The Associated Press. DaimlerChrysler said the damage was “minimal” and it expects to make up the lost production. AP reports, “General Motors Corp. also had some minor disruptions because of the worm but didn’t stop production, spokesman Dan Jankowski said yesterday.”
AP reports, “The worm was released by hackers and affected Windows 2000 operating systems. It slowed Internet connections and blocked e-mails across the country. The worm forced Chrysler to stop work on Tuesday at several U.S. plants, company spokesman David Elshoff said.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Minimal? Halting production at 13 plants? They expect “to make up the lost production?” How will they do that for free? Microsoft apologists. So how much is this latest barrage of Windows worms really costing companies and the economy?
Related MacDailyNews articles:
Windows worms and viruses cost companies average of $2 million per incident – July 08, 2004
Gartner: Worms jack up the total cost of Microsoft Windows – May 07, 2004
Australia’s ECU slashes support costs with Mac OS X vs. Windows – February 11, 2004
MSBlaster Windows worm cost: hundreds of millions of dollars – August 13, 2003
Defending Windows over Mac a sign of mental illness – December 21, 2003
Zotob Windows worm knocks out North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles – August 24, 2005
How to avoid viruses and malware? Dump your Windows PC and get an Apple Macintosh – August 22, 2005
ZDNet: How many Mac OS X users affected by the last 100 viruses? None, zero, not one, not ever – August 18, 2005
Quickly spreading Microsoft Windows worm affects CNN, ABC, NY Times; Apple Macintosh unaffected – August 16, 2005
‘Zotob’ worm rapidly infects Microsoft Windows; Macintosh unaffected – August 15, 2005
SecurityFocus: ‘Your Windows computer is not to be trusted; buy a Mac and slip under the radar’ – July 06, 2005