January 28, 2003

Aftermath Of A Worm

Yahoo! News - Internet Attack Rattling Assumptions

Two things stand out in this attack:

1. We now know a worm can disrupt a massive swath of systems not typically associated with the web. - ATM machines and 911 call centers took a hit this weekend.

2. The worm that wrecked havoc across the Internet this past weekend exploited a flaw that Dave Litchfield identified and Microsoft fixed last summer.

Despite Microsoft's efforts to provide a patch for this vulnerability, even security savvy IT shops like AMEX were hit. If IT shops like AMEX cannot keep up with patches, something is wrong with the system.

As a side note - one of the companies hit by the worm? Microsoft.

Posted by Abner on January 28, 2003 10:21 AM | TrackBack
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