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Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Another Computer Virus:

You know, this gets old. Some little script kiddie out in La-La-Land decides he wants to teach the evildoers at Microsoft a lesson, so he exploits a well-publicized vulnerability in the world's most ubiquitous computer operating system, and we get headlines alluding to yet another annoying computer virus... and so goes the cycle.

Although I question the methodology of bug-testing software by placing it on the open market first, I also know that the user has as much responsibility as the company. Why? Because Microsoft knew about this vulnerability long before the "Blaster" worm went public. Windows users have to make calculated choices: "Is it more important for me to secure my system, or should I deal with the problem later?" If users want to avoid propagation of such annoyances, they would be advised to check Microsoft's Windows Update site on a regular basis for the latest software patches. Just think of your machine as an automobile; preventive maintenance is key.

An aside: quoted from the comments of the Blaster worm code:
    I just want to say LOVE YOU SAN!!
    billy gates why do you make this possible ? Stop making money and fix your software!!


.: posted by Dave 8:36 AM

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