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Worm strikes down Windows 2000 systems


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#1 KoanYorel

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Posted 16 August 2005 - 06:33 PM

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A computer worm shut down computer systems running the Windows 2000 operating system across the United States on Tuesday, hitting computers at CNN, ABC and The New York Times.Around 5 p.m. computers began crashing at CNN facilities in New York and Atlanta. ABC said its problems began in New York about 1:30 p.m... David Perry of Trend Micro said that the attack seems to have been triggered by a new worm, called worm--rbot.ebq. CNN.COM Tuesday, August 16, 2005; Posted: 7:14 p.m. EDT (23:14 GMT)
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Posted 16 August 2005 - 07:53 PM

Kinda funny, we keep trying to tell them that windows 2000 is no longer being updated, and is not that much better for networking....maybe now theyll listen.

Anyway, like all viruses itll run then it will fall just like all the others. Become patched up.

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 08:14 AM

Yes, very difficult to patchupin windows 2000, though Windows 2003 too have lot of loopholes

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 11:44 AM

I just received this Virus Alert email from Panda Software, makers of Panda Anti-Virus and they are offering a free tool to remove these worms.

-ORANGE VIRUS ALERT: Panda Software offers free tools for eliminating the Zotob and IRCBot worms-

Virus Alerts, by Panda Software (http://www.pandasoftware.com)

Madrid, August 17 2005 - To prevent the Zotob and IRCBot worms from continuing to spread, above all through computers that do not have effective anti-malware protection installed, Panda Software has made its free PQRemove applications available to all users, which detect and eliminate all known variants of Zotob, as well as IRCBot.KC and KD from any computer that could be affected. These tools can be downloaded from http://www.pandasoftware.com/download/utilities/

Proof of the threat posed by these new malware specimens is that over the last few hours, companies and media like DaimlerChrysler, Kraft Foods, UPS, General Electric or the Financial Times, have joined those initially affected, like CNN, ABC, The New York Times, Caterpillar or the US Congress. The fact that the ABC TV network had to use electric typewriters to finish their World News Tonight news program shows the seriousness of these attacks.

In order to protect yourself against these new malware specimens, it is highly advisable to download and install the update released by Microsoft, at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/...n/ms05-039.mspx. To prevent these new variants of Zotob or IRCBot from affecting your computer, Panda Software recommends keeping antivirus software up-to-date. Panda Software clients can already access the updates to detect and disinfect these new malicious codes.

Edited by Leurgy, 17 August 2005 - 11:44 AM.

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Posted 18 August 2005 - 05:35 PM

A-squared announced yesterday afternoon that their program is now able to remove these new viruses.

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