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New worm out; takes down CNN's computers as I watch the fucking news

No hoax; I've seen this one in action. For simple people, it hammers Plug and Play.

Standard op for your computers:

- For God's sake, don't open any attachments.
- Don't run any P2P programs (Limewire, BitTorrent, Kazzaa)
- Running Outlook? Shut it down for awhile.
- Don't be on your computer on an account with admin rights; Power User rights should do it. If you're running admin rights, that means that if someone remotely attacks your computer, they have full rights.


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Aug. 16th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up.
Aug. 16th, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
Gracias. ^___^ It took down CNN's computers? That doesn't sound like anything to joke about. Eh.
Aug. 16th, 2005 11:25 pm (UTC)
Pardon my ignorance, but who the hell keeps making these worms and viruses and stuff? Does somebody out there actually take pleasure in blowing up other people's systems or something?
Aug. 17th, 2005 12:55 am (UTC)
Aug. 17th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
Well...basically, these people have nothing better to do than try and mess up our hardware. Why? Because they wanna have some fun by showing people that they're skilled enough to do this. The creator of this bug was probably getting ready to beat off as soon as he saw how much damage he was causing with his bug. What's great about 'em is that they'd rather abuse the holes that abundant in Windows and its programs.

:[ Of course, if you want more information, it's best that you either research it or ask Chris since he can tell you more than I can.
Aug. 18th, 2005 05:35 pm (UTC)
Well actually what cna happen is that people make them to show how much of a "leet hackzorz;)" they are then other people distribute it.

As for advice I highly recommend Spybot S&D. Unlike Ad-aware it's actually helped my computer. ^__^
Aug. 18th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
Spybot doesn't help that type of worm.
Aug. 19th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC)
I know. :( However I assumed that you were outlining general good things for computer security that's all.
Aug. 17th, 2005 12:23 am (UTC)
Super. Another fan to the flames of Mac fundamentalists.

"Ha, ha! Your computer is so vulnerable!" 9_9
Aug. 17th, 2005 12:55 am (UTC)
Please. Windows is vulnerable because it's the most popular system out. Trust me, if Mac was #1, it'd be just as vulnerable. BELIEVE ME.

Firefox was the Geek Browser of choice, for the technilogically sound, as well as the wannabes that get everything they know off of Slashdot. People realised this, so they started writing around Firefox. Next thing you knew, Firefox was getting hammered. At this point, it's a matter of choice.

I know a lot of people that say "Well, Windows is always releasing patches!". Um... that's a bad thing? I'd rather have an active read on problems than this open source garbage, which is basically like playing roulette.

Personally, I'd rather be running Linux, but Windows isn't as bad as people say it is. Really.
Aug. 17th, 2005 03:21 am (UTC)
Exactly. I was once talking with the president of our local Houston chapter of SIGGRAPH. I was talking about how I had set up my home network, and gotten around the problems that the old PC-Cillian firewire had. He just laughed and talked about how he had a Mac and didn't have that problem. I kind of wanted to say "If I got a Mac, though, and got everyone I know to get a Mac, eventually there'd be a high enough user base that hackers - Excuse me, script kiddies - Would start getting all gung-ho about how evil Steve Jobs is and *POOF!* we'd need firewalls galaore for Mac's, as well."

I didn't, though, since he was the president of our local Houston chapter of SIGGRAPH. Same reason I didn't tell him how thrilled I was that he marched with the "Backbone of America" at the Democratic National Convention last year. He wouldn't have liked my thoughts on that subject. :/
Aug. 17th, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
It seems the OS X made for Intel-based Mac is able to run on a PC, if properly cracked. At least for now.

I think we'll be listening to news on OS X vulnerabilities in a while.
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