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Sasser Worm

By Philip Miseldine

As users of Microsoft software, .NET types need to be aware of the latest security threats.

The newest entrant is Sasser, which delivers a similiar payload to that of the Blaster worm. It’s reportedly already brought down some of the Australian rail network, as well as restarting thousands of Microsoft machines worldwide.

Make sure you’re patched as soon as possible, as once you’re hit, your computer can restart at any time.

http://www.microsoft.com/security/incident/sasser.asp

Meet the author
Philip is a Computer Science PhD student at Liverpool John Moores University. He's still not mastered guitar tabs, never finished Mario, and needs a haircut. He discusses life at http://www.miseldine.com/.
  • http://www.ryanguill.com Rynoguill

    does anyone else ever wonder if the antivirus companies are the ones that make virii?

  • http://simon.incutio.com/ Skunk

    “does anyone else ever wonder if the antivirus companies are the ones that make virii?”

    Too risky. Worms cause millions of dollars of damage (much of that is time spent by IT workers cleaning up the mess). If an anti-virus company was ever found out to be the source of a worm outbreak they would be sued in to destruction, and almost certainly face criminal charges as well. It’s a fun conspiracy theory but it just doesn’t work out in practise.

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