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32BitsOnline: ILOVEYOU too, Microsoft. . .

May 11, 2000, 17:47 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clifford Smith)

"As the latest mutation of the "Iloveyou" email -- what -Virus? Trojan? Worm? Trojan worm? -- plugs up networks worldwide worse than Cheddar in Chihuahuas, and as an added feature, renames a few .JPG files along the way, Microsoft Outlook users and MCSE's big and small have little recourse except to give in to grave wailing and the gnashing of teeth. And scrub their Registry. And pray the thing doesn't get more virulent tomorrow."

"The Media (TM)" and some of my colleagues in the Open Source Press Corps have tried to either warn users that it is only a matter of time before Linux and the Unixes suffer the same fate, or run the other way claiming that Linux is immune to this kind of attack, and therefore is perfect for mail duty. I get the feeling that many are not looking at the real story here."

"It isn't simply an email worm. It is also a very subtle DDOS attack. If your management has unplugged email services while they cleaned the registry on each of your machines, you are being denied service."

"Further, it is not just a DDOS attack piggybacked on a Registry altering virus. This problem is not a simple bug or a one-off security hole. It represents the direct results of the best effort from Microsoft; a sum of their best effort, the crown jewels of the best minds in the corporation, produced to make your computer easier to use. It is what they mean when they use the word innovation."

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