Regretfully Indifferent

Fight the Power. Stay Informed.

Thursday, August 14, 2003

The server is not alright. At least thats what people are saying about Hundreds of thousands of computers were infected by the virus know as "Lovesan" (AKA "MSBlaster") on Monday. This virus has been spreading like wildfire since then. On Saturday it will unleash it's payload, and the missiles are pointed directly at the Microsoft website. At 12AM on August 16th, billions upon billions of packets of data will be sent to the site every second, in a coordinated attempt to knock it offline. This will render it impossible for Windows users to obtain the updates and patches necessary for fixing the security hole (unless of course the standalone patches are mirrored elsewhere). If you know someone that still has the virus on their computer, please make an attempt to help them patch their system and remove the virus before Saturday. Here are some useful links to help you learn more about the virus.

Information about W32.Blaster.Worm from Norton
Information from Mcafee
Information from Microsoft / Get the Patch
Simple scanner for Lovesan/Blaster removal
CNN reports on the impending DoS attack

Remember kids... programs have bugs. Period. I hate Billy Gates and Micro$oft just as much as the next guy, but unwilling exploitation of private citizens to get back at "The Man" is just as wrong as the exploitation perpetrated by "The Man" himself. Fight the Power. Stay Informed.

(PS: I have a copy of the patch for Win XP 32-bit. I'm keeping it just incase the server does get knocked offline. Anyone that needs it... you know how to get ahold of me.)

[Listening to: "Come To Daddy" by The Dillinger Escape Plan]

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