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Virus Attacks

What a month. Human frailty, spam and a dangerous Microsoft Windows vulnerability combined to produce four major Internet worm attacks in August. A rundown: The W32.Mimail, a mass e-mailed worm, looks like a system administrator’s message. The W32.Blaster Internet worm exploits a flaw in Windows’ implementation of the remote procedure call (RPC) protocol and spreads worldwide in a matter of hours, infecting hundreds of thousands of Windows machines. Others emerge that exploit the same vulnerability as Blaster, including W32.Welchia, which disrupts networks while PC users try to patch the RPC vulnerability. A new version of the Sobig worm, W32.Sobig.F, bombards e-mail accounts worldwide. Experts agree that these worms are so effective because they spread rapidly via e-mail, they attack Windows, and they are relatively easy to assemble. The only consensus about prevention is on how much work it takes: for Microsoft, antivirus vendors and user companies. Full Story

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