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    on the news today, they said that someone was gonna be sending a virus thorgh out america, from 5pm to 9 pm
    so umm im off my comp for that time, dunno about you guys..
    now the news dont know if it is eastern central or what time..

  • #2
    well if its on your news then its gotta be your time.... news wouldnt report stories with times that didnt apply to you.... unless it was one of those national broadcasts.... then im not sure..... but thanks for lookin out.....
    Dirty Shady
    Straight Outta Tha D
    RIP - all lost on 9-11-2001

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    • #3
      Yes lemme confirm this, it is not a Virus it is a worm,

      -MSN.Com

      The Code Red worm last month infected servers worldwide and launched a massive denial-of-service attack against the White House's official Web site.

      As originally reported by CNET News.com, the worm takes advantage of a hole in Microsoft's Internet Information Server. Code Red was thought to have infected more than 350,000 systems at the height of its spread.

      A new version of the worm that fixes a flaw in the way it searches for and records addresses of vulnerable servers could mean the worm will be more virulent when it is re-activated, launching a data flood that could potentially overwhelm many servers.

      Further refinements in the worm are likely, said Christopher W. Klaus, founder of Internet Security Systems.

      "Because it has been analyzed and dissected so much, it's very easy to go out and create variations on this worm," Klaus said. "Not only is there a more effective propagation algorithm, but it would not be hard for a criminal to tweak the worm to do other damage. It would be pretty easy to send it somewhere other than whitehouse.gov, for example."

      The worm remains active beteen the first of the month and the 28th, when it goes into hibernation. While the worm does not reactivate itself automatically, any computer vandal sending a copy of the worm once the active period begins-in this case at 12:01 a.m. GMT Aug. 1, or 5 p.m. PDT Tuesday--would start a new round of infections. On the 19th of the month, the worm is set to switch to attack mode and barrage the whitehouse.gov Internet domain with large packets of data.

      The administrators of whitehouse.gov were able to sidestep the July 19 attack by changing the IP address of the Web site. The worm was written to barrage the original numerical address of whitehouse.gov--198.137.240.91--with enough traffic that it was effectively shut down. However, the Web site's numerical address was changed to 198.137.240.92, which rendered the worm ineffective.

      Although the White House sidestepped any damage, the wider concern is that the traffic generated by it could degrade the flow of data across the Internet.

      "We are taking this worm very seriously due to its ability to proliferate at a dramatic rate," Dick said Monday, citing studies that estimate Code Red could infect 500,000 IP addresses in a single day. "We believe the proliferation of the Code Red worm could disrupt the functioning of the Internet."

      Guarding against the worm is a relatively straightforward matter of installing a Microsoft software patch that prevents any malicious program from taking advantage of the IIS hole. Since Code Red is memory-resident--it lives in the server's volatile physical memory rather than a hard drive or other permanent storage--rebooting wipes out the infection. The software patch prevents re-infection.

      "In many cases with a worm or true virus, you've got to deal with all the mess the virus or mass-mailing worm has done," said Vincent Gullotto, senior director of antivirus software maker McAfee's AVERT Labs. "This one is pretty easy to flush out of your system."

      While the most recent statistics from Microsoft show more than 400,000 copies of the patch have been downloaded, there's no way to tell how many have been installed. Initial Microsoft estimates were that servers responsible for more than 6 million Web sites were vulnerable to the IIS hole.

      Gullotto said that while server professionals are no doubt aware of the problem, even installing a single patch isn't a simple matter for computer professionals responsible for maintaining whole rooms full of servers.

      "If you're a guy who runs an IIS Web server, you have to have heard about this unless you've been on vacation the past month or living in a cave," he said. "But what happens in many cases is that when customers update, they have go through a testing process that can take some time. If you've got a server farm, you want to see what the effects are before putting this into your system. Even though it's just a patch, there's a lot of work to do."

      Klaus applauded the uncharacteristically strong government response to what has often been viewed as a problem for private industry.

      "Historically, you've never seen anything come together like this," he said. "Not only is the government getting out there and informing and educating people, but they're also starting to lead by example. Historically, their security has not been too strong on government systems."

      Gullotto applauded the strong government and business response to the Code Red threat. He said warning should also emphasize that the worm is only a threat to IIS-equipped servers, not the average PC user.

      "Any type of alert can cause a lot of panic, especially in the end-user community, so you want to be clear about the message you're sending," he said.


      THIS DOES NOT EFFECT COMPUTERS WITH WINDOWS 95 NOR 98

      -EnCrY
      Gratsi & Arrivederci,
      Paul "Encrypted" Rocco
      www.ENCRYPTED-MUSIC.tk
      (Contact me professionally for any types business.)

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      • #4
        www.microsoft.com
        said it also doesnt infect windows ME




        How Big Is The Problem? On July 19, the Code Red worm infected more than 250,000 systems in just 9 hours. The worm scans the Internet, identifies vulnerable systems, and infects these systems by installing itself. Each newly installed worm joins all the others causing the rate of scanning to grow rapidly. This uncontrolled growth in scanning directly decreases the speed of the Internet and can cause sporadic but widespread outages among all types of systems. Code Red is likely to start spreading again on July 31st, 2001 8:00 PM EDT and has mutated so that it may be even more dangerous. This spread has the potential to disrupt business and personal use of the Internet for applications such as electronic commerce, email and entertainment.

        Who Must Act? Every organization or person who has Windows NT or Windows 2000 systems AND the IIS web server software may be vulnerable. IIS is installed automatically for many applications. If you are not certain, follow the instructions to determine whether you are running IIS 4.0 or 5.0. If you are using Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows XP RC1 or later, or Windows .NET Server build 3505 or later, there is no action that you need to take in response to this alert.

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