posted on Aug, 22 2003 @ 06:57 AM
"LONDON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A new computer virus, feared to be the most potent ever, expanded its reach around the globe on Thursday, sending
e-mail networks crashing and frazzling technicians already overstretched by a plague of computer bugs."
This one is indeed nasty. Rumors from some IT friends indicate this may indeed be the first real worm threat authored by malicious person(s).
We're not seeing this information in the news yet, but among the trojan features that a version of this bugger leaves behind is a nasty DOS engine
that ping floods URL's in the users browser history record. This is particularly damaging because it attempts to overwhelm actual full-URL's of
deep-content, rather than simply IP's or home pages. The damage occurs to dynamic sites like this one, where each page is composed at "browse time"
by a combination of templates, programming, and database queries. Hundreds of repeated requests to such pages can quickly overwhelm even the most
robust website technology systems... and it's difficult to stop since the inbound activity "looks" like normal traffic.
It's important to make sure your e-mail virus checking is functioning properly, if you're using Outlook or Outlook Express make sure you've
installed all updates, and you never open any attachment that arrives unexpected.
Our ATS server's e-mail virus checking is stopping this bugger before it gets to you (some did get through earlier), so if you have an ATS e-mail
account, you're safe for now.
more updates as I have them