WORMS & VIRUSES - Have they become a routine feature of the web ?
Now that I am out of college, and into the industry I am understanding what havoc viruses and worms can cause . . .
I got elkern, kriz and funlove infected at workplace - a series of deadly viruses but Norton AV exists and my system is still working - up and running though I get lotz a BSODs - Win NT 4.0 ( Sheesh ! Old naa ? But its what I have got, as I await new Compaqs (with XP as default - though project requirements specify win2k) coming in the first week of Feb).
CNET News: Computer worm slows global Net traffic
NOW I KNOW WHY I WAS NOT ABLE TO LOG INTO MY DIAL-UP ACCOUNT THE WHOLE OF THE EVENING ON REPEATED TRIES . . .
MS SQL Server Worm Wreaking Havoc On Saturday January 25 -> "Since about midnight EST almost every host on the internet has been receiving a 376 byte UDP payload on port ms-sql-m (1434) from a random infected server. Reports of some hosts receiving 10 per minute or more. internetpulse.net is reporting UUNet and Internap are being hit very hard. This is the cause of major connectivity problems being experienced worldwide. It is believed this worm leverages a vulnerability published in June 2002. Several core routers have taken to blocking port 1434 outright. If you run Microsoft SQL Server, make sure the public internet can't access it. If you manage a gateway, consider dropping UDP packets sent to port 1434." bani adds "This has effectively disabled 5 of the 13 root nameservers."
CNN : Computer worm grounds flights, blocks ATMs