As the Worm Turns
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Guess what, it's August. Yesterday, the Zotob worm wiggled its way into computers at CNN, ABC, The New York Times, and an estimated 123 other companies, primarily infecting computers running the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system and bringing many of those businesses to a screeching halt. If your Windows 2000 machine has started to shut down and boot up like it had a mind of its own, chances are you won the Zotob lottery. Check here for Symantec's security response.
What can you do? First and foremost, if your machine has a personal firewall, by all means make sure it's turned on. If you're connected to the Internet these days without one, you clearly like living on the edge. Also, run your anti-virus updates and do a quick scan. Finally, grab the patch from Microsoft for the plug-and-play vulnerability which paved the way for the remote code execution that allows Zotob to function.
Although Symantec's ThreatCon rating for Zotob is a two (with five being the highest), collective vigilance and prevention can minimize any further impact of this digital pestilence.