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    Worm strikes down Windows 2000 systems
    CNN, New York Times, ABC report crashes

    Tuesday, August 16, 2005; Posted: 6:28 p.m. EDT (22:28 GMT)

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    Manage Alerts | What Is This? 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.

    The Caterpillar Co. in Peoria, Illinois also was reportedly affected.

    David Perry of Trend Micro said that the attack seems to have been triggered by a new worm, called worm--rbot.ebq. He said the symptoms -- computers repeatedly shutting down and rebooting -- was consistent with that virus.

    Johannes Ullrich, director of the Sans Institute, a network security firm in Jacksonville, Florida, said the outage also may have been caused by the Zotob worm, which was released last weekend.

    "It will connect to a control server to ask for instructions. It scans network neighborhoods and tries to infect them, as well," Ullrich said.

    Several versions of the worm have been released, some as late as Tuesday, he said.

    While the worm primarily affects Windows 2000, it also can affect some early versions of Microsoft XP, he said.

    Typically, the virus enters a system via a laptop connected to unsecured networks, Ullrich said. "This laptop will infect your systems from the inside."

    Microsoft has made a patch to counter Zotob, he said.

    At any given time, there are thousands of computer worms and viruses in existence. Most are stopped from becoming widespread problems by anti-virus software.

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    What a mess , coming to a computer near you.

  • #2
    Why are those people still using Windows 2000 anyway?
    ricky, shutup and paint your god damn house.

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    • #3
      Ali is a cooler geek than Miles on cnn

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      • #4
        Originally posted by yankees suck!@Aug 16 2005, 06:22 PM
        Why are those people still using Windows 2000 anyway?
        Where my wife works most computers are still running NT.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MsFunkay@Aug 16 2005, 06:29 PM
          Ali is a cooler geek than Miles on cnn
          BAITER!

          "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
          Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
          -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy

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          • #6
            i knew you'd like that. it was either that or saying ali looks like the guy from sex & the city that kristin davis' character ended up marrying...i know, i know, a lot of crickets on the forum hearing that

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            • #7
              Originally posted by yankees suck!@Aug 16 2005, 05:22 PM
              Why are those people still using Windows 2000 anyway?
              Because Windows XP Pro costs $299, and the older systems may have worked just fine. When Windows 95 was released, Microsoft briefly sold Windows 3.1 repackaged as "Windows Classic". It sold well.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MsFunkay@Aug 16 2005, 06:50 PM
                i knew you'd like that. it was either that or saying ali looks like the guy from sex & the city that kristin davis' character ended up marrying...i know, i know, a lot of crickets on the forum hearing that

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Weird_English_Guy+Aug 16 2005, 06:09 PM-->
                  QUOTE(Weird_English_Guy @ Aug 16 2005, 06:09 PM)

                • #10
                  Originally posted by MsFunkay+Aug 16 2005, 07:11 PM-->
                  QUOTE(MsFunkay @ Aug 16 2005, 07:11 PM)
                  Originally posted by [email protected] 16 2005, 06:09 PM

                • #11
                  wanted to see kim catrall naked huh?

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                  • #12
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                    • #13
                      Originally posted by MsFunkay@Aug 16 2005, 08:01 PM
                      wanted to see kim catrall naked huh?
                      Not when she had orange pubes that's for sure.

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                      • #14
                        Originally posted by yankees suck!@Aug 16 2005, 06:22 PM
                        Why are those people still using Windows 2000 anyway?
                        Because they're smarter than to follow Microsoft's forced cash cow...er upgrade path, but not quite bright enough to harden the living fsck out of their computers.
                        Additionally, there's an excellent chance that those computers are getting ready to come off lease (3-4 yr lease).
                        That's why.
                        "Whaddya mean I hurt your feelings?"
                        "I didn't know you
                        had any feelings"

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                        • #15
                          Originally posted by Weird_English_Guy+Aug 16 2005, 07:42 PM-->
                          QUOTE(Weird_English_Guy @ Aug 16 2005, 07:42 PM)
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